Embattled R&B Singer R. Kelly was denied bail on Wednesday by a federal judge in New York City  after prosecutors said freeing him will create a risk of him fleeing or tampering with witnesses in the sex abuse case against him.

U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly denied a defense motion asking for home detention and set a May 18 trial date.

A reliable source revealed that, the 52-year-old, whose full name is Robert Kelly, did not attend the hearing in Brooklyn federal court and remains behind bars in Chicago awaiting a trial on related charges that’s scheduled for April 27.

The renowned singer who was accused of using his fame to recruit young women and girls for illegal sexual activity, pleaded not guilty in August to the New York charges.

Other activities that has been recorded, that the singer has been charged with are: kidnapping, forced labor and violations of the federal Mann Act involving transporting women and girls across state lines to engage in illegal sexual activity.

In a new development, R Kelly’s Accusers have been labelled by the defense as disgruntled groupies. In court papers filed Monday, Kelly’s attorneys claimed he’s so broke he couldn’t afford to flee.

Concerning the singer’s communication with others, the papers complained he’s only able to receive visits in jail from one of two previous live-in girlfriends at a time.

“No other friends or professional colleagues are allowed to visit,” the papers said. “That is not right.”

The government responded by calling Kelly’s claims of poverty misleading. It said he “continues to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in connection with the royalties he is owed for his music.”

The prosecutors’ memo also claimed that authorities have evidence that Kelly threatened to “release compromising and potentially embarrassing photographs” of an unnamed victim last year unless she dropped a lawsuit against him.

Source: Fox News