Incarcerated singer R Kelly has been denied an appeal to be released from prison by a federal court judge amid the coronavirus pandemic fears. The singer fears he might contact the virus if he remains behind bars.
The judge fears the singer may attempt to obstruct the his ongoing legal battles by threatening or bribing witnesses.
“The defendant is currently in custody because of the risks that he will flee or attempt to obstruct, threaten or intimidate prospective witnesses,” U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly of Brooklyn wrote in her denial. “The defendant has not explained how those risks have changed.”
The 53-year-old Kelly has been in custody in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Chicago since he was indicted on federal child pornography, obstruction of justice and racketeering charges.
As of the time of these publication, three members of the federal lockup have tested positive for the virus, although no inmate has tested positive.
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