Published: Tue, July 16, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Judges to decide on bond hearings for R. Kelly indictments

Judges to decide on bond hearings for R. Kelly indictments

R. Kelly appeared in court on Friday for the first time after being indicted with 18 federal charges, including allegedly taking underage girls across state lines for sex.

In indictments unsealed in Brooklyn and Chicago, federal prosecutors said Kelly, 52, ran a racketeering and human trafficking scheme that required the women and girls to be obedient, call him "Daddy" and ask permission to eat or use the bathroom.

On Thursday (July 11), R. Kelly was arrested after a federal grand jury handed out a 13-count indictment.

This latest case came down last Thursday, after he was indicted on federal charges with roots in NY. Kelly, who was handcuffed and wearing orange jail garb, spoke only to reply "yes, your honor" to the magistrate judge.

R&B singer R Kelly leaves the Leighton Criminal Courts Building following a hearing on 26 June 2019 in Chicago, Illinois.

Greenberg said in a statement posted to Twitter that the federal charges mostly stem from conduct that is "decades old" and already part of the state case or previous allegations that Kelly had been acquitted of.

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Under the alleged scheme, Kelly and his entourage would invite women and girls backstage after concerts, isolate them from friends and family, and make them dependent on him for their financial well-being. He was also hit with federal child pornography and obstruction charges.

Avenatti's own legal problems raised questions about whether he is trying to help himself by aiding prosecutors in the Kelly case.

According to a new report out in TMZ on Sunday morning, neither woman has been seen by anyone since the singer's most recent arrest, and the parents of at least one of the women apparently have reason to believe they could've made a suicide pact.

Kelly is facing 13 counts, including four counts of producing child pornography, and two counts of receiving child pornography. The one-time lawyer for Stormy Daniels - who says President Donald Trump tried to pay her off after she had a sexual encounter with him before he became president - has been charged both in California and NY with stealing money from clients and attempting to extort money from sportswear maker Nike. The footage is said to show multiple victims, who prosecutors and witnesses have identified and confirmed as underage.

He has pleaded not guilty to all state charges.

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