R. Kelly Arraigned on sex crime charges in Brooklyn

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R. Kelly, photographed at a court hearing in IL on June 26, 2019.

Kelly pleaded not guilty Friday to federal charges he sexually abused women and girls who attended his concerts.

In a letter to federal Magistrate Judge Steven Tiscione, obtained by The Blast, Anton writes, "I have not been able to see my client yet to intelligently discuss with him what is to transpire tomorrow, which is something I must be able to do".

The 52-year-old Kelly was denied bail in a New York City courtroom packed with his supporters.

Kelly faces one count of conspiracy to receive child pornography, two counts of receiving child pornography, four counts of producing child pornography, five counts of enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity, and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, according to the indictment released last month in the Northern District of IL.

Kelly, 52, is charged in NY with exploiting five victims, identified only as "Jane Does", three of whom were minors. A judge in Chicago ordered that he remain jailed while he awaits trial.

In court, in media appearances and even in song, Kelly has maintained his innocence across all accusations of sexual misconduct, which now encompass federal indictments, local charges, civil suits and allegations that stretch back a quarter century.

Anton said he would try and visit Kelly before today's hearing - which is supposed to start at 10:30 AM ET - but asked the judge for "some understanding" if they happen to show up late.

Anton stated he was directed to a listing that said R. Kelly was still in Chicago and he wishes that he can have time prior to entering court.

The Chicago indictment also accused Kelly of using physical abuse, violence and blackmail to "prevent victims from providing evidence to law enforcement".

On Friday, prosecutor Elizabeth Geddes argued for Kelly to be denied bail, citing allegations he had committed obstruction crimes while out on bail during a 2002 case involving child pornography charges. Prosecutors say he isolated them from friends and family and demanded they call him "Daddy". Kelly flew to New York Thursday for the hearing.

The feds say the goal of the scheme was to "promote R. Kelly's music and the R. Kelly brand and to recruit women and girls to engage in illegal sexual activity with Kelly".

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