R. Kelly Pleads Not Guilty, Denied Bond Release

July 17, 2019

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R. Kelly pleaded not guilty to new federal charges in court Tuesday, but a federal judge in Chicago ordered him held without bond. According to TMZ, Kelly's legal team had argued for his release claiming the singer was not a flight risk, but Assistant U.S. Attorney Angel Krull was able to convince the judge otherwis. “There is no statute of limitations of producing child porn and enticing a minor into performing sexual activity,” Krull said. “Being attracted to young girls is not something you can turn on and turn off like a light switch." Kelly also faces multiple federal charges in different jurisdictions, and it appears he will remain in jail during his legal proceedings. In a 13-count indictment filed Friday in Chicago, prosecutors say Kelly paid to cover up sexually explicit videos of himself with underage girls. In a separate indictment also unsealed Friday in New York, Kelly was charged with racketeering, kidnapping, forced labor and the sexual exploitation of a child. The musician was also charged earlier this year in Illinois for multiple felonies.