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R. Kelly's second attempt to be released from jail denied

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Posted at 5:30 PM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 17:30:46-04

CHICAGO, IL. — R. Kelly's second attempt to be released from federal jail over the coronavirus pandemic has been denied again.

The singer-songwriter is behind bars at Chicago's Metropolitan Correctional Center where several inmates have tested positive for COVID-19.

On Tuesday, a federal judge denied Kelly's request saying the 53-year-old remains a flight risk and could possibly "intimidate prospective witnesses" if he's released.

The judge, who acknowledged that COVID-19 had spread at the jail, stressed that Kelly's bond did not present enough evidence that the singer is uniquely at risk to contract the disease.

Kelly is locked up awaiting trials on multiple sex-crime charges in four jurisdictions in three states.

Earlier this month the same judge denied Kelly's first request for release on grounds that he had demonstrated "no compelling reasons" for a temporary release and he remains a "flight risk."