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Judge Denies R. Kelly's Request For Release Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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New York Federal Judge Anne Donnelly has denied R. Kelly's request to be released from jail in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.

"While I am sympathetic to the defendant's understandable anxiety about COVID-19, he has not established compelling reasons warranting his release," the U.S. District Judge wrote in her opinion issued Tuesday.

"At present, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the MCC in Chicago," she added, referring to the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where the 53-year-old singer is currently jailed without bond.

He is facing charges on 13 counts in several jurisdictions, including being involved in the prostitution of a minor in Minnesota and kidnapping and sexual exploitation in New York.

The charges followed the release of the 2019 docu-series, Surviving R. Kelly in which several women stand united against the singer, who has long been accused of abuse, pedophilia, and predatory behavior toward women.

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