R. Kelly is denied bail after pleading not guilty to sex crime charges

R&B singer R. Kelly leaves the Leighton Criminal Courts Building following a hearing on June 26, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Prosecutors turned over to Kelly’s defense team a DVD that alleges to show Kelly having sex with an underage girl in the 1990s. Kelly has been charged with multiple sex crimes involving four women, three of whom were underage at the time of the alleged encounters. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A New York judge denied R. Kelly’s request for bail, saying the singer is a flight risk with “significant incentive” to flee.

The 52-year-old R. Kelly was denied bail in a Brooklyn courtroom packed with his supporters. Kelly, whose full name is Robert Kelly, is accused of using his fame to recruit young women and girls into having illegal sexual activity.

The other charges include one count of racketeering and four counts of violating the Mann Act, which prohibits sexual trafficking across state lines.

Judge Steven L. Tiscione denied Kelly’s request for bail.

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