Singer and accused pedophile R. Kelly’s argument that he should be released from jail as his criminal case works its way through the courts was rejected today, according to media reports.
The New York Post’s Page Six reports that Brooklyn federal Judge Ann Donnelly denied Kelly’s request for bail.
“The ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ crooner, who faces sex-trafficking and other raps in federal court in both the borough and Chicago, had asked to be freed while awaiting trial. His lawyers argued that he doesn’t have any money to flee even if he wanted to,” The Post reports.
The paper adds that Donnelly, in denying Kelly’s bail request, “noted at Wednesday’s hearing that Kelly is accused of committing crimes involving ‘very young girls,’ his finances are ‘murky, to say the least’ and the proposed home detention ‘certainly would do nothing to deter him’ from intimidating witnesses.”
Kelly, who did not appear at the hearing, is due to begin his trial on May 18, 2020, with the proceeding expected to last about three weeks.
TMZ notes that an argument by Kelly’s legal team that he has no money fell flat in court today. Meanwhile, the court appeared to agree with prosecutors that Kelly is a flight risk.
“According to new legal docs, obtained by TMZ … the government says Kelly’s definitely a flight risk if he gets outta jail, even though the singer’s legal team claims his passport doesn’t contain a single stamp showing international travel,” TMZ reports. “In docs, prosecutors say earlier this year after he was released on bail in Illinois, Kelly sought to travel to Dubai with his two GFs, each of whom took steps to get their own passports.”
TMZ adds: “Prosecutors also called BS on Kelly’s legal team claiming the singer won’t tamper with or intimidate witnesses. The government contends Kelly ‘has a history of coercing women to write letters containing false and embarrassing allegations’ so he can later use them as blackmail.”
TMZ also reports that “prosecutors say Kelly’s claim he’s broke is misleading because he continues to get hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties for his music. What’s more … the government argues it found out he’s redirecting these royalties to the bank account of a childhood friend, but could easily redirect the dough to himself.”