R Kelly pleads not guilty to sex charges but judge sends singer to jail without bond

R&B singer R Kelly pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to several federal charges accusing him of running a sex scheme for the benefit of himself and others. 

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 New York. 

Arguing his continued detainment, federal prosecutor Angel Kroll said: “Kelly is an extreme danger to the community, especially teenage girls.

“Mr Kelly has done extensive obstruction of justice.” 

Mr Greenberg told the court: “If he was going to flee he would have don so already.” 

If convicted, Kelly, best known for his hits “I Believe I Can Fly” and “Bump n’ Grind”, faces a maximum prison sentence of over 190 years for the charges filed in Chicago alone.

Kelly is fighting sexual assault charges in Illinois which could put him behind bars for 30 years, and decades more for charges filed in New York.

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