Judge orders R. Kelly held in jail without bond in sex case

R Kelly appearing in court last Friday

Greenberg submitted a not guilty plea for Kelly to charges in the indictments.

As for the direct allegations, Greenberg added that "there's no evidence that he's a risk to minors at all at this point".

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, a federal prosecutor described Kelly, 52, as "an extreme danger to the community, especially to minor girls", while an assistant USA attorney added that Kelly "has a unique ability to influence and intimidate witnesses and victims, and that continues to this day".

Under the obstruction of justice charges, R. Kelly and his entourage are accused of paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to buy victims' silence, even giving a vehicle to one young woman, and using intimidation and threats of violence.

A federal judge said the main reason he was denying bail was obstruction of justice charges, part of a multi-count indictment unveiled on Friday in Chicago and NY.

The singer also faces a separate five-count indictment from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of NY, which was unsealed on Friday.

Mr Kelly and his entourage are accused of paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes, and using intimidation and threats to keep the girls and women under his control and buy their silence over two decades.

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Kelly and his entourage are accused of paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes, using intimidation and even giving a vehicle to one victim to keep them quiet, all part of the obstruction of justice charges.

Federal Judge, Harry Leinenweber, denied the former singer bail because of Kelly's obstruction of justice charges which were unveiled in a multi-count indictment on Friday in Chicago and NY. She also argued that he might flee if released. They also gave them gifts, including a GMC Yukon Denali SUV, and money for over a decade to lie to investigators and hide the girl's sexual relationship with Kelly, the indictment said.

Kelly's lawyer Steve Greenberg in a statement on Friday said charges stem mostly from "decades-old" conduct and were already part of the IL case or previous allegations of which Kelly was acquitted.

Mr Greenberg said R Kelly was not a flight risk as he spent all his time in his one-bedroom apartment on the 48th floor of the Trump Tower in Chicago and had no money. The 52-year-old R&B singer faces decades more in NY. The Chicago crimes can give Kelly 195 years in prison, with some charges holding a mandatory minimum of 10 years.

Kelly, already charged with sexual assault in IL, was taken into custody by New York City police detectives and federal agents on Thursday in Chicago.

As Rolling Stone reports, Kelly appeared before Judge Harry D. Leinenweber, who denied his petition for bond and remanded him to custody.

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