A federal judge in New York City has denied the R&B singer R. Kelly bail in his sex-abuse case.
Kelly didn’t attend the hearing,a defense motion asking for his release on bond. U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly agreed with prosecutors that he’s a flight risk and a potential threat to witnesses.
He remains detained in Chicago, where he faces related charges. A judge there hasn’t ruled on a request to reconsider releasing him on bond.
Robert Kelly is accused of using his fame to recruit young women and girls for illegal sexual activity.
The New York judge set a trial date of May 18. That would follow a trial in Chicago scheduled to begin on April 27.