R. Kelly Refused Bail After Pleading Not Guilty In Court To Sexual Crimes
18 July 2019, 14:55
A US judge has denied the singer bail after a prosecutor claims Kelly is "still a danger to young girls".
According to TMZ, the 52-year-old singer appeared court for his bond hearing shackled at the ankles and wearing an orange jump suit - and will remain behind bars for now.
Appearing in court on Tuesday (16th July), assistant US attorney Angel Krull told the judge, "If he was attracted to middle school girls in 1999 then he's still attracted to middle school girls.
"That's who the defendant is and that, your honour, makes him a danger today."
"Electronic monitoring can't stop obstruction of justice, witness tampering," she said, adding, "He can entice victims to his own home."
Prosecutors reportedly also said that Kelly has the "unique ability to influence and intimidate witnesses and victims, and that continues to this day."
The judge allegedly said that, under federal law, Kelly would have to prove that he was not a danger to the public, and that Kelly's lawyer had ultimately failed to do so.
The singer reportedly said just two words during his time in court - a simple "yes, sir" upon being asked whether he understood the charges.
Kelly was arrested in Chicago last week on federal sex trafficking charges, which he has denied.
The singer will remain behind bars to face separate charges in New York, where he's been charged with racketeering, kidnapping, forced labour and the sexual exploitation of a child.
If found guilty, Kelly will likely spend the rest of his life in prison "due to the length of time it is likely to take for each count to go to trial."