A Chicago judge has reportedly ordered R. Kelly to be held in jail without bond on Tuesday. "This risk is heightened by the defendant's fame and power", Assistant U.S. Attorney Angel Krull told Judge Harry Leinenweber.
"Yes, sir", when the judge asked him if he understood the charges. She also argued he might flee if released.
Federal judges were supposed to meet Monday in Chicago to figure out how to proceed in the case that involves separate indictments out of Chicago and NY but that was expected to be discussed Tuesday. The Chicago crimes can give Kelly 195 years in prison, with some charges holding a mandatory minimum of 10 years.
Kelly's lawyer, Steve Greenberg, then argued Kelly is no longer a risk to minors as all but one of the allegations against him date back to the 90s, and insisted his client isn't a flight risk as he's already surrendered his passport to the authorities and doesn't like to fly. Two of tapes were not part of the 2008 case, they said. The prosecutor added that Greenberg "never once mentioned Mr. Kelly's sexual interest in middle school kids".
Prosecutors say Kelly "has a unique ability to influence and intimidate witnesses and victims, and that continues to this day". "There's no evidence that he's a risk to minors at all at this point".
Greenberg said preparing for trial will be a long process made even more hard because Kelly does not know how to read and therefore someone must visit him in jail to read him the reams of documents the case will generate.
The 52-year-old singer appeared in federal court for an arraignment on charges, including production of child porn, sex-trafficking, racketeering, crossing state lines for sex with underage girls, and obstruction of justice.
R. Kelly pled not guilty to a 13-count indictment today in US District Court in Chicago.
The singer has faced accusations of abuse, manipulation and inappropriate encounters with girls and young women for more than two decades, and has been on trial before.
The Illinois indictment alleges Kelly paid his former manager and another former employee to cover up the alleged sexual acts.
"The difference between his old cases and now is that his victims are co-operating with law enforcement", prosecutor Kroll said.