R. Kelly was arrested on July 11 on federal and state charges. The Grammy-award singer pleads not guilty on all charges. A U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber decided he is to be held without bail while he awaits trial.
According to TMZ, prosecutors argued against R. Kelly’s release claiming he is a danger to the community, more specifically to minor girls.
His two girlfriends Jocelyn Savage and Azriel Clary came to the hearing in support of their boyfriend.
R. Kelly now faces federal sex crimes charges
Singer R. Kelly was arrested again on Thursday by the New York Police Department and federal Homeland agents on federal sex crime charges.
Kelly was indicted by two federal courts: the Northern District of Illinois based in Chicago and the Eastern District of New York-based in Brooklyn, with a total of 18 indictments.
The charges include related to obstruction of justice, child pornography and enticement of a minor, in addition to the previous charges he is already facing from his previous arrest.
Some of the allegations go as far back as 1999.
R. Kelly continually denies all charges brought against him. However, this is the first time the Grammy-winning singer faces federal charges.
Kelly’s problems began in January when Lifetime released a docuseries called “Surviving R. Kelly,” which explicitly detailed his alleged sexual accounts with numerous women. There was also mention of a so-called “sex cult” within Kelly’s entourage.
About 1.9 million viewers tuned in.
In light of the docuseries, Lady Gaga, Chance the Rapper, Ciara, the Pussycat Dolls and Celine Dion have pulled their music with the R&B singer from streaming services.
Surviving R. Kelly
In February, Kelly was first charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse as a result of the docuseries. Some of those women were minors at the time. In May, Kelly was charged with 11 more felony counts. Some of those counts have a 30-year maximum.
In the now-famed interview with Gayle King in March, Kelly denied all allegations and said they were consensual. The singer also yelled at King during the interview, in an attempt to defend his innocence.
“I am not Lucifer. I’m a man. I make mistakes, but I’m not a devil, and by no means am I a monster,” Kelly said.
Kelly had multiple outbursts during the interview with King, but eventually maintained composure to finish.
Prosecutors say Kelly worked with his entourage of bodyguards, personal assistants and drivers to recruit and enticement of women and some minors. They would promise them money and secret access to the singer.
Kelly confined women against their will, made them perform salacious acts, enacted strict rules and sometimes filmed sex acts. The docuseries shed light on the mental and sexual abuse that took place.
Over 20 sex tapes with minors were exposed with the help of his ex-staffers, according to a TMZ report on July 12.
R. Kelly is to remain in Chicago at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown until at least Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune reported. He is scheduled to reappear in court for his arraignment and possible hearing on being released on bond before he faces the Brooklyn-based district charges.