US Judge Donnelly has denied popular R’n:B star, R. Kelly, permission to leave jail due to the Covid-19 scare.
The Judge also labeled singer R.Kelly a ‘danger to the community’ and a ‘flight risk’.Earlier, R. Kelly complained that he was overweight and diabetic, therefore more susceptible to Coronavirus complications.
But Judge Donnelly, while dismissing Kelly’s application, said his crimes involve the sexual abuse of minors that stretched for almost 25 years, and allegations like those do not merit bail.
The Judge said that although Kelly has insisted that if set free, he’d return to Illinois to stand trial as he did in his 2008 child porn trial, the grand jury found probable cause that he bribed witnesses in that case, and she doesn’t want a repeat of that alleged behavior.
”The defendant is charged in Illinois and New York with extraordinarily serious crimes, for which he faces a long prison term if convicted,”
Judge Donnelly wrote in her decision“That prospect makes him a flight risk. The nature of the charges—which include crimes against minor victims, threats against potential witnesses and paying bribes to keep witnesses from cooperating—make him a danger to the community, including that he could attempt to tamper with prospective witnesses.”
This is the third time R.Kelly’s attempts to leave jail on ‘health conditions’ are being dismissed by the court as he is being held in prison over child sex abuse allegations, the transmission of STD, and kidnapping.