R. Kelly‘s reputation has been shattered. Appearing in and out of court for much of 2019, the RnB artist has been ‘cancelled’ by the majority of the music industry and the world as he continues to fight a slew of sexual allegations. In the latest movement of justice, the American rapper has been denied bond after pleading not guilty in court.
Overnight, Kelly appeared in front of Judge Harry D. Leinenweber in an orange jumpsuit at Dirksen U.S. courthouse in Chicago. Charged with seven charges related to child pornography, five counts of enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, the 52-year-old has been held at Metropolitan Correction Center in Chicago since his arrest on Thursday.
After pleading not guilty to the growing list of indictments of which were made public on Thursday, his petition for bond was denied with prosecutors saying,“He is an extreme danger to the community, especially to minor girls.” It was also argued that, “The defendant can entice girls to his own doorstep.”
According to the Chicago Tribune, he was described as a flight risk though his criminal attorney was adamant this was not the case.
“Unlike his most famous song, ‘I Believe I Can Fly,’ Mr. Kelly doesn’t like to fly.” He also added that he did not have the funds to run. “The money’s in concerts and he doesn’t play concerts these days.”
Nevertheless, the rapper will remain in lock up as the fight for justice continues. According to reports, if R. Kelly is convicted he could face 5 to 20 years in prison for each charge meaning if he is found guilty of all charges against him he will face 195 years in jail.
R. Kelly continues to deny all allegations. Stay tuned for further developments.