R. Kelly was brought before a judge in Illinois yesterday and he pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the 15-count-indictment brought against him in Chicago after his arrest last week.
Despite pleading ‘not guilty’ to all of the charges levelled against him, the judge still refused to grant him bail.
He was denied bail because according to the Assistant U.S. Attorney, Angel Krull, Kelly is a flight risk. He said, “Kelly is an extreme danger to the community, especially teenage girls”. He also argued that “The risk for obstruction is real and ongoing” and that no bail conditions could help mitigate the risks. He called R. Kelly a known child molester who has the “unique ability to influence and intimidate witnesses and victims, and that continues to this day.” The obstruction of justice charges is one of the major reasons why he was not granted bail.
R. Kelly’s lawyers, despite claiming to respect the judge’s decision, have expressed their sadness about him not being released on bail. They also talked about the conditions the singer has had to face while in prison, calling it inhumane. His lawyer, Steven Greenberg said “He’s in 24-a-day solitary confinement essentially, it’s the hole,” Greenberg said. “Because that’s the safest place for them to house him, it’s not his fault, no TV, no anything, no contact with other people. It’s largely inhumane.”
The singer who was dressed in an orange jumpsuit and handcuffed had supporters in the courtroom at his hearing, including his alleged ‘sex slaves’, Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage, as well as some of his family members. He still has charges against him to face in the Eastern District of New York that includes five criminal counts, including racketeering, transporting underage girls for sex, and sexual exploitation of a child.
These accusations go as far back as the late 90s and he started dealing with the legal battles in 2008.