Published: Wed, July 17, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Kelly Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Child Pornography Charges

Kelly Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Child Pornography Charges

A federal judge has ordered R&B singer R. Kelly held in a Chicago jail without bond on sex crime 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.

Best known for his hits "Bump n' Grind" and "I Believe I can fly", R Kelly faces a maximum prison sentence of over 190 years for the Chicago charges and decades more for those filed in NewYork.

"How could he flee?"

Greenberg added that this client wouldn't get very far even if he tried to leave the area, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

"If other people did something to protect the money [coming in], I don't know about that", Greenberg said. She said Kelly used intimidation, blackmail and hush money to destroy evidence and keep the alleged victim from testifying.

"If he was attracted in 1999 to middle school girls, he's still attracted to middle school girls", Krull said.

Krull said Kelly was the leader of a "conspiracy to obstruct justice", when he faced trial in 2008. "This risk is heightened by the defendant's fame and power".

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After Tuesday's arraignment and detention hearing, Kelly's attorney Steve Greenberg said he and the singer were disappointed by the judge's decision.

An extradition hearing for him to be brought to Brooklyn to face charges will occur sometime between on or before September 4, authorities said.

Greenberg said it would be possible for business partners to engage in obstruction of justice without Kelly's knowledge in part because Kelly is illiterate.

Last week, Kelly was arrested in Chicago on two separate federal grand jury indictments in IL and NY. "They money's in concerts and he doesn't play concerts these days", referring to the cancellation of all almost scheduled Kelly concerts over the past couple of years, many due to protests.

In addition to this, prosecutors alleged Kelly and his team "paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to victims and witnesses" to ensure they would not cooperate with law enforcement, the Associated Press reported.

Prosecutors brought 18 indictments against the Grammy award-winning artist with allegations he preyed on teenagers and young women for two decades, forcing them into sexual acts.

He is already fighting sexual assault charges in Illinoisthat could put him behind bars for up to 30 years.

In late May, a grand jury indicted him on 11 more charges pertaining to one of the four accusers, including aggravated criminal sexual assault and criminal sexual assault.

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