R KELLY TO REMAIN IN JAIL UNTIL 2020
R. Kelly will remain in jail until 2020 when the trial starts. A Brooklyn judge denied the singer’s request to be released from jail while awaiting trial.
Prosecutors say Kelly was a flight risk if he gets out of jail while his criminal case is pending. But his lawyers argued that
even if Kelly was out of jail he does not have the funds to leave the country.
Prosecutors also refute claims that Kelly won’t tamper with or intimidate witnesses, saying the singer “has a history of coercing women to write letters containing false and embarrassing allegations” so he can use them as blackmail.
Despite reports that he is broke, prosecutors also claimed that Kelly still receives hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties for his music.
The government alleges that he’s redirecting royalties to the bank account of a childhood friend, but could easily redirect the money to himself.
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