R. Kelly Pleads Not Guilty On NYC Sex Trafficking Charges


The jailed Kelly appeared for scheduled back-to-back hearings in federal court in Brooklyn, where he was ordered held without bail, reports CBS New York.

Court documents reveal Attorney Douglas Anton didn't place the R&B singer on a plane until Thursday afternoon and after landing in New Jersey, Kells was off the grid before his appearance in court.

R. Kelly was transported from Chicago to NY on Thursday for the hearing but his attorney, Douglas Anton, says that since then he has been unable to speak to his client.

The five-count indictment from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York includes charges of racketeering and violations of the Mann Act, which "prohibits transporting people across state lines for the goal of prostitution", the New York Times previously reported. Kelly often filmed the sexual activity, federal prosecutors say, including sex with the underage victims, constituting child pornorgraphy.

R. Kelly, photographed at a court hearing in IL on June 26, 2019.

The attorney for Kells has also gone on to call the alleged victims in the case to be suffering from "groupie remorse" despite the fact they were still minors. He faces 18 total counts between Chicago and NY.

Kelly was charged last month in the Eastern District of NY in an indictment that also accused him of violating the Mann Act by coercing and transporting women and girls across state lines to engage in illegal sexual activity as far back as 1999.

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Eastern District Judge Steven L. Tiscione denied bail to Kelly, who has been in jail without bond since July 12.

Kelly has vehemently denied allegations of sexual misconduct in the past.

Prosecutors allege Kelly arranged for some victims to meet him on the road for illegal sex.

The singer faces charges stemming from two federal criminal cases, brought in NY and Chicago.

A handful of women gathered together in a prayer circle outside the courtroom shortly before Kelly's arraignment.

In February, he was also hit with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four alleged victims, three of which were specially referred to as under the age of 17.

The singer faces a maximum prison sentence of over 200 years, according to Reuters.