R&B singer R. Kelly was in court Friday in Brooklyn, where he stands accused of sexually exploiting young women and girls who attended his concerts, USA Today reports. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was denied bail for a second time, the story reports, citing the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York.
“The arraignment Friday was preceded by controversy after his lawyer in the New York case, Douglas Anton, said he was unable to meet with him after he arrived from Chicago on Thursday,” USA Today reports. “Anton complained in a letter to a federal magistrate late Thursday that he couldn’t find him. Anton said federal Bureau of Prison officials, who flew Kelly into a New Jersey airport on Thursday afternoon, were unhelpful in explaining where he was so that he could meet with his client before the hearing, according to the New York Post and NBC News.”
The report notes that in addition to the New York case, Kelly also has two other sex-crime cases pending against him in Illinois. He was expected to be transported back to Chicago for hearings later this month and in September in those cases.