On Friday, R&B singer Robert Kelly pleaded not guilty to a New York court on federal charges, including extortion, claiming he had systematically recruited girls for sex on a tour.
The disgraced superstar, accused of sexual abuse for decades, was taken from Chicago to the Brooklyn court house, where he was held without bail for several federal charges related to child pornography.
Kelly, dressed in a blue jail uniform, greeted the judge and answered “yes” to the question of whether he understood the charges against him.
Along with around a dozen fans, His two girlfriends and some family members were in court.
The undisclosed New York indictment last month indicates that Kelly, 52, regularly gave bracelets to girls through his associates, allowing them to go behind the scenes and spend time with the musician known for hits like “I Believe I Can Fly”.
Kelly would tell members of his entourage to obtain contact information from girls he wished to see again, the charges read, some of which were invited to later concerts and presented.
According to court document, Girls were to call Kelly “Daddy” and stay inside their rooms without permission from the singer to leave, even to eat or use the restroom.
The case in New York refers to five unidentified women, three of whom were minors at the time of the alleged events, which includes coercion of sexual activities.
He is also accused of kidnapping one of the victims, and exposing another to a venereal disease without her knowledge.
Kelly, additionally faces charges of violating the Mann Act, which prohibits transporting people across state lines for purposes of prostitution.
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17 November, 2019