A federal judge Tuesday ordered R. Kelly held in custody without bond while facing child pornography charges in IL.
"If he was attracted to middle school girls in 1999 then he's still attracted to middle school girls, " Assistant US Attorney Angel Krull told US District Judge Harry Leinenweber.
Singer R. Kelly appeared before a federal court in Chicago shackled at the ankles and sporting an orange jumpsuit on Tuesday. Prosecutors on Tuesday said they had three videos in their possession, which allegedly show Kelly sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl.
At the press conference, Avenatti, who is facing his own legal troubles, shared facts behind a multi-year effort by Kelly to prevent his sexual abuse of several girls from becoming public, including paying an associate up to $100,000 to retrieve missing pornographic videos of him having sex with minors.
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If convicted, Kelly, best known for his hits "I Believe I Can Fly" and "Bump n' Grind", faces a maximum prison sentence of over 190 years for the charges filed in Chicago alone.
Prosecutors want Kelly to remain in federal custody, where he's been since his arrest Thursday, because they say he's risky and a flight risk.
The alleged acts are said to have occurred in New York, Illinois, Connecticut, and California, with two of the victims in the New York case said to be under 16 and another one was under 18 at the time.
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Krull portrayed Kelly as a predator who went to great lengths to find young girls and kept them under his control.
"There's no evidence that he's a risk to minors at all at this point", Greenberg continued, adding, "The man's entitled to be held in a humane situation".
The singer and record producer faces charges dating back asfar as 1998 for counts ranging from enticing a minor, toproducing child pornography and obstruction of justice. They said that Kelly's fame and power only heightened the risk and that he has the "unique ability to influence and intimidate witnesses and victims, and that continues to this day". The indictments allege Kelly recruited women for sex, persuaded people to hide that he had sexual contact with teenage girls and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars buying back the missing videotapes.
Greenberg said his client is not guilty of the charges and looks forward to being vindicated in court. "Most, if not all of the conduct alleged, is decades old". A jury acquitted him of all charges when the case was finally tried in 2008.
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Before his arrest last week, Kelly had been out on bond from state charges in IL.