CHICAGO (Reuters) – R&B singer R. Kelly pleaded not responsible on Tuesday to a raft of federal fees accusing him of working a scheme to pressure girls and ladies to offer intercourse for himself and others, and a choose ordered that he stay in jail with out bail.
FILE PHOTO: R. Kelly leaves the Prison Courtroom Constructing after pleading not responsible throughout a listening to on eleven new counts of felony sexual abuse, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., June 6, 2019. REUTERS/Daniel Acker
A federal choose stated the principle purpose he was denying bail was obstruction of justice fees, a part of a multi-count indictment unveiled on Friday in Chicago and New York.
Carrying an orange jail jumpsuit and handcuffed at a listening to in federal court docket, R. Kelly entered his plea of not responsible and answered “sure, sir,” to all of U.S. District Choose Harry Leinenweber’s questions. He made no eye contact with supporters within the Chicago courtroom.
“Kelly is an excessive hazard to the neighborhood, particularly teenage ladies,” federal prosecutor Angel Kroll argued. “Mr Kelly has carried out intensive obstruction of justice.”
Prosecutors introduced 18 indictments in opposition to the Grammy award-winning artist with allegations he preyed on youngsters and younger girls for twenty years, forcing them into sexual acts.
Kelly and his entourage are accused of paying a whole lot of hundreds of in bribes, utilizing intimidation and even giving a automotive to 1 sufferer to maintain them quiet, all a part of the obstruction of justice fees.
The singer’s lawyer Steve Greenberg has stated the fees stem from “decades-old” conduct and had been already a part of an present Illinois sexual assault case or earlier allegations that resulted in Kelly’s acquittal.
Greenberg stated R. Kelly was not a flight threat as he spent all his time in his one bed room residence on the 48th ground of the Trump Tower in Chicago and had no cash.
“If he was going to flee he would have carried out so already,” Greenberg stated in court docket.
Two girls who say they’ve been in a consensual relationship with R. Kelly had been on the listening to, however didn’t converse in court docket or remark to reporters.
The ladies, Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary, expressed their help for the singer this week in a video posted on leisure information web site TMZ.
Greatest identified for his 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 these filed in New York. He’s already combating sexual assault fees in Illinois that would put him behind bars for as much as 30 years.
The singer and document producer faces fees courting again so far as 1998 for counts starting from engaging a minor, to producing baby pornography and obstruction of justice.
Celeb lawyer Michael Avenatti, who says he represents three of Kelly’s victims, on Monday stated the singer paid over $2 million to maintain one younger lady off the stand in his 2008 trial on baby pornography fees, wherein he was acquitted.
“The distinction between his previous circumstances and now could be that his victims are cooperating with regulation enforcement,” stated prosecutor Kroll.
Reporting by Barbara Smith in Chicago; Writing by Andrew Hay; Modifying by Rosalba O’Brien and Grant McCool