CHICAGO (Reuters) – R&B singer R. Kelly pleaded now not to blame on Tuesday to a raft of federal fees accusing him of operating a scheme to power girls and women to offer intercourse for himself and others, and a pass judgement on ordered that he stay in prison with out bail.
FILE PHOTO: R. Kelly leaves the Prison Courtroom Construction after pleading now not to blame all over a listening to on 11 new counts of felony sexual abuse, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., June 6, 2019. REUTERS/Daniel Acker
A federal pass judgement on mentioned the principle explanation why he was once denying bail was once obstruction of justice fees, a part of a multi-count indictment unveiled on Friday in Chicago and New York.
Dressed in an orange jail jumpsuit and handcuffed at a listening to in federal courtroom, the 52-year-old singer entered his plea of now not to blame and responded “Sure, sir,” to all of U.S. District Pass judgement on Harry Leinenweber’s questions. He made no eye touch with supporters within the Chicago court docket.
“Kelly is an excessive threat to the neighborhood, particularly teenage women,” federal prosecutor Angel Kroll argued.
Prosecutors introduced 18 counts in opposition to the Grammy Award-winning artist with allegations he preyed on youngsters and younger ladies for twenty years, forcing them into sexual acts.
Underneath the obstruction of justice fees, R. Kelly and his entourage are accused of paying loads of hundreds of greenbacks in bribes to shop for sufferers’ silence, even giving a automotive to at least one younger girl, and the use of intimidation and threats of violence.
The singer, who rose to popularity within the 1990s, has been jailed in solitary confinement since he was once arrested on Thursday evening strolling his canine in downtown Chicago, his attorney Steve Greenberg mentioned.
R. Kelly has confronted sexual abuse allegations relationship again to the 1990s, that have been documented in a tv collection “Surviving R. Kelly” and aired in January.
In February he was once charged with 10 counts of annoyed felony sexual abuse in Illinois state.
Greenberg mentioned R. Kelly was once now not a flight chance as he spent all his time in his one bed room condominium at the 48th flooring of the Trump Tower in Chicago and had no cash.
“If he was once going to escape he would have finished so already,” Greenberg mentioned. He later mentioned that he would attraction the pass judgement on’s bail determination.
Two ladies who say they’ve been in consensual relationships with the singer had been on the listening to, however didn’t discuss in courtroom or remark to journalists.
The ladies, Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary, expressed their make stronger for R. Kelly in a video posted this week on leisure information web site TMZ.
Perfect identified for hits “Bump n’ Grind,” and “I Imagine I Can Fly,” R. Kelly faces a most jail sentence of over 190 years for the Chicago fees and a long time extra for the ones filed in New York. He’s already combating sexual attack fees in Illinois that lift a jail sentence of as much as 30 years.
The musician and file manufacturer is charged with sexual misconduct with 12 teenage women and younger ladies. Prosecutors mentioned they’d proof in 3 videotapes of girls acting sexual acts with Kelly.
Superstar attorney Michael Avenatti, who says he represents 3 of Kelly’s sufferers, on Monday mentioned the singer paid over $2 million to stay one younger girl off the stand in his 2008 trial on kid pornography fees, through which he was once acquitted.
“The adaptation between his previous circumstances and now’s that his sufferers are cooperating with regulation enforcement,” mentioned prosecutor Kroll.
Reporting through Barbara Smith in Chicago; writing through Andrew Hay; enhancing through Rosalba O’Brien and Grant McCool