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UPDATE: R. Kelly Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Charges, Ordered Held Without Bail

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NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — Embattled R&B artist R. Kelly was denied bail in federal court on Friday with the presiding judge expressing concerns about the “the strong possibility of witness tampering” in upcoming trials.

According to the New York Times, Mr. Kelly’s lawyers entered a not guilty plea on his behalf, arguing that Kelly had been falsely charged by people with ‘groupie remorse.’

Kelly is facing a raft of federal and state charges, which allege that he sexually victimized at least 12 women, 8 of whom were underaged at the time. He has also been accused of organizing a long-running scheme to recruit women and girls for sex.

A federal grand jury indicted Kelly in June of five counts, including racketeering and multiple violations of the Mann Act, which prohibits transporting people across state lines to engage in unlawful sexual activity.

Kelly who has been facing criminal proceedings in Chicago since February, was arrested on the new federal charges while walking his dog in Chicago last month.

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