R. Kelly pleaded not guilty to the sex charges against him in New York on Friday.
Once again, the R&B singer was denied bail and will remain in jail until his trial. Kelly also pleaded not guilty to the allegations against him during his Chicago hearing earlier this month. He was denied bond then and has since been locked up in the Metropolitan Correctional Center until he was taken to New York.
Kelly was represented at the hearing by Anton, a New Jersey-based lawyer who is also his entertainment attorney.
“We hold the position that persecution of this particular client is an unprecedented assault against Mr. Kelly by those who seek undeserved notoriety and for their own personal gain,” Anton told USA TODAY prior to the hearing. “Mr. Kelly is innocent until and unless proven guilty by a jury of his peers.”
Kelly has 18 charges against him in two different cities. In Chicago, he faces a 13-count indictment for engaging in sex acts with five minors and recording some of the acts on video. In New York, he faces a five-count indictment for allegedly being the leader of a “racketeering enterprise,” engaging in illegal sexual activity with minors.