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USA: R Kelly denied bail over sex crime charges01:53

USA: R Kelly denied bail over sex crime charges

United States, Chicago
July 16, 2019 at 22:28 GMT +00:00 · Published

Singer R Kelly is to remain in jail without bail, pending his trial on child pornography charges, a judge at a Chicago federal court ruled on Tuesday.

The notorious R&B star pleaded not guilty to 18 charges relating to his alleged recruitment of women and underage girls to a cult-like organisation in which they were sexually assaulted, but prosecutors successfully argued that he would pose a risk to minor girls if he were allowed out on bail.

Kelly's lawyer Steve Greenberg said that the singer was "disappointed" by the judge's decision.

"Obviously, he's disappointed. You know, he's in 24 hour a day solitary confinement. Essentially, it's the hole, because that's the safest place for them to house him," he said, adding that Kelly had no access to television or contact with other people.

He also called the conditions "largely inhumane."

The singer, who has faced sexual assault allegations for decades, made headlines after a 2019 documentary detailed accusations of a "sex cult" which allegedly involved isolating victims - including minors - from friends and family and subjecting them to degrading acts.

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Singer R Kelly is to remain in jail without bail, pending his trial on child pornography charges, a judge at a Chicago federal court ruled on Tuesday.

The notorious R&B star pleaded not guilty to 18 charges relating to his alleged recruitment of women and underage girls to a cult-like organisation in which they were sexually assaulted, but prosecutors successfully argued that he would pose a risk to minor girls if he were allowed out on bail.

Kelly's lawyer Steve Greenberg said that the singer was "disappointed" by the judge's decision.

"Obviously, he's disappointed. You know, he's in 24 hour a day solitary confinement. Essentially, it's the hole, because that's the safest place for them to house him," he said, adding that Kelly had no access to television or contact with other people.

He also called the conditions "largely inhumane."

The singer, who has faced sexual assault allegations for decades, made headlines after a 2019 documentary detailed accusations of a "sex cult" which allegedly involved isolating victims - including minors - from friends and family and subjecting them to degrading acts.

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