New York Judge denies R.Kelly bail, labels him potential threat to witnesses

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Matt Marton/AP/REX/Shutterstock (10164002a) R. Kelly arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court for a hearing, in Chicago R Kelly Investigation, Chicago, USA - 22 Mar 2019

Detained American RnB singer, R.Kelly has been denied bail in his sex-abuse case by a federal judge in New York City.

His lawyers had filed a motion asking the judge to reconsider granting him bail because he is only able to see one girlfriend at a time in jail, according to US media.

Kelly faces a number of sex-related charges in Chicago and New York, and was refused bail following a court hearing in Chicago in July.

US District Judge Ann Donnelly on Wednesday agreed with prosecutors that he is a flight risk and a potential threat to witnesses.

He remains detained in Chicago.

A judge there hasn’t ruled on a request to reconsider releasing him on bond.

Kelly, whose full name is Robert Kelly, is accused of using his fame to recruit young women and girls for illegal sexual activity.

The New York judge set a trial date of May 18.

That would follow a trial in Chicago scheduled to begin on April 27.

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