R. Kelly pleads not guilty to New York sex charges

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R. Kelly on Friday pleaded not guilty to federal sex crime charges in New York.

The “Ignition” singer appeared in court for an arraignment on the charges, which include racketeering and sex trafficking, involving five alleged victims.


The 52-year-old performer was denied bail, according to The Associated Press.

Kelly’s arrest on the federal charges in July came just months after he was released on bail for other sexual abuse charges. 

Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in February. Three of his alleged victims were under the age of 17 at the time, according to prosecutors. He had pleaded not guilty and was released on bail.

In May, he was hit with another 11 counts by officials in Chicago. Last month, he was ordered held without bail on those charges.

The charges all came after the debut of a Lifetime docuseries, “Surviving R. Kelly,” earlier this year. The program detailed a series of sexual abuse allegations against the singer from multiple women.