Judge de­nies bail for R. Kelly in NYC sex-abuse case

The Peterborough Examiner - - ARTS & LIFE -

NEW YORK — Be­lea­guered R&B singer R. Kelly was de­nied bail this week in his New York City sex-abuse case af­ter a judge agreed with pros­e­cu­tors that free­ing him from jail would cre­ate a risk of him flee­ing or tam­per­ing with wit­nesses.

U.S. Dis­trict Judge Ann Don­nelly de­nied a de­fence mo­tion ask­ing to re­lease him on bond and al­low home de­ten­tion. She set a May 18 trial date.

Kelly, 52, didn’t at­tend the hear­ing in fed­eral court in Brook­lyn. He re­mains be­hind bars in Chicago await­ing a trial on re­lated charges that’s sched­uled for April 27.

Kelly, whose full name is Robert Kelly, pleaded not guilty in Au­gust to the New York charges ac­cus­ing him of us­ing his fame to re­cruit young women and girls for il­le­gal sex­ual ac­tiv­ity. The de­fence has la­beled the ac­cusers dis­grun­tled groupies.

In court papers filed Mon­day, Kelly’s at­tor­neys claimed he’s so broke he couldn’t af­ford to flee.

The papers also com­plained he’s only able to re­ceive vis­its in jail from one of two pre­vi­ous live-in girl­friends at a time.

“No other friends or pro­fes­sional col­leagues are al­lowed to visit,” the papers said. “That is not right.”

The govern­ment re­sponded in a memo by call­ing Kelly’s claims of poverty mis­lead­ing. It said he “con­tin­ues to re­ceive hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars in con­nec­tion with the roy­al­ties he is owed for his mu­sic.”

The memo also said that pros­e­cu­tors have ev­i­dence that Kelly last year threat­ened to “re­lease com­pro­mis­ing and po­ten­tially em­bar­rass­ing pho­to­graphs” of an un­named vic­tim un­less she dropped a law­suit against him.

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

R. Kelly in court in Septem­ber.

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