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Singer R. Kelly denied bail on U.S. charges of sex crimes over two decades


Added 07-16-19 05:10:02pm EST - “R&B singer R. Kelly pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a raft of federal charges a...” - Reuters.com

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CHICAGO (Reuters) - R&B singer R. Kelly pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a raft of federal charges accusing him of running a scheme to force women and girls to provide sex for himself and others, and a judge ordered that he remain in jail without bail.

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 New York.

Wearing an orange prison jumpsuit and handcuffed at a hearing in federal court, R. Kelly entered his plea of not guilty and answered “yes, sir,” to all of U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber’s questions. He made no eye contact with supporters in the Chicago courtroom.

“Kelly is an extreme danger to the community, especially teenage girls,” federal prosecutor Angel Kroll argued. “Mr Kelly has done extensive obstruction of justice.”

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.

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