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Friday, May 1, 2020

R. Kelly Pleads Not Guilty

R. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to a set of federal sex-trafficking charges leveraged against him in New York in mid-March, including those that he knowingly spread herpes to two people. He entered the plea via teleconference from a Chicago federal jail on Thursday.

As the coronavirus pandemic has escalated, Kelly has requested early release from prison twice, and was most recently denied on April 22. Kelly was indicted on multiple state and federal sex-abuse charges in New York, Illinois, and Minnesota last year. He has so far pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.

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R&B star R. Kelly, locked up at a Chicago federal jail where seven inmates have tested positive for coronavirus.

The new charges, brought against Kelly in March, allege that the Chicago native raped an underage girl, gave her herpes and made videos of the acts without disclosing that he had the disease among other charges. They carry a 10-year minimum prison sentence, according to the feds.

Lawyers for Kelly — who has been twice denied bail at Brooklyn Federal Court proceedings since the COVID-19 pandemic starts — said Thursday that medical records from the Chicago federal lockup his newest push to be freed on bail.

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