R. Kelly pleaded to be not guilty on Tuesday to a slew of federal s* x-assault charges he faces in Illinois as a judge ordered him held without bond.
The R&B star was arrested last week in Chicago and loaded with 18 charges in two cities, a 13-count indictment in Chicago and a five-count indictment in New York. has he hasn’t faced a judge on the New York charges.
Kelly, already facing state sexual abuse charges in Illinois, allegedly took underage girls across state lines for sex, according to the federal indictments unsealed in New York and Chicago on Friday.
Two women who have said they are living with Kelly attended his arraignment on Tuesday and sat in the front row. Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage have defended Kelly in the past from accusations that they have been brainwashed.
“These young women have been disturbed and brainwashed for years. It is really going to take them a while to realize how they have been victimized and what really is the truth,” said Michael Avenatti, a lawyer representing Clary’s parents