R. Kelly was deemed “an extreme danger to the community, especially to minor girls” in U.S. District Court in Chicago on Tuesday (July 16). The R&B singer was denied bond due to this. Assistant U.S. Attorney Angel Krull informed Judge Harry Leinenweber, “This risk of obstruction is real. This risk is ongoing. This risk is heightened by the defendant’s fame and power.”
Steve Greenberg, the lawyer for
R. Kelly, said his client is not a flight risk, even using a hit of R. Kelly in reference when saying so. “Unlike his most famous song ‘I Believe I Can Fly’, Mr. Kelly doesn’t like to fly. How could he flee? He has no money. There’s no evidence that he’s a risk to minors at all at this point.“
Kelly faces 18 counts for alleged crimes against 10 victims. R. Kelly faces a maximum sentence of 195 years in Chicago. He faces even more years in New York accompanied by state charges that could send him away for 30 years.