A judge ruled on Tuesday that the Chicago-born R&B icon will remain in custody while awaiting trial on charges of child pornography, obstruction of justice, and other federal charges related to his child sex crimes, according to CNN.
US District Judge Harry Leinenweber handed down the ruling yesterday after Mr Kelly was arrested last week. The indictment also accused Kelly of "engaging in sexual activity with girls under 18 years old", failing to disclose "a sexually transmitted disease Kelly had contracted" and producing child pornography by requesting underage girls send him photographs.
U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber's ruling overlaps Kelly's separate indictment on a laundry list of federal sex crimes across the country, which he will reportedly appear in front of a NY judge for.
Kelly was first arrested on sex charges in 2002 but was acquitted by a Chicago jury in 2008. When he learned that some of the tapes went missing, he allegedly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to retrieve them. They also gave them gifts, including a GMC Yukon Denali SUV, and money for over a decade to lie to investigators and hide the girl's sexual relationship with Kelly, the indictment said.
R. Kelly appears at a hearing before Judge Lawrence Flood at Leighton Criminal Court Building May 7, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois.
"Unlike his most famous song - "I Believe I Can Fly" - Mr. Kelly doesn't like to fly", Greenberg said.
Greenberg has said his client is not a flight risk and that "he's not a danger to anybody at all". He was arrested earlier this year on new state charges brought by IL prosecutors. She said Kelly used intimidation, blackmail and hush money to destroy evidence and keep the alleged victim from testifying.
Kelly is expected to eventually be extradited to NY to face charges there.
Also charged in the IL indictment were two of Kelly's associates: his manager Derrell McDavid and an employee, Milton "June" Brown. The indictments allege Kelly recruited women for sex, persuaded people to hide that he had sexual contact with teenage girls and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars buying back the missing videotapes.