Disgraced singer R. Kelly was denied bail during a status hearing in New York on Wednesday in connection to his federal charges of racketeering and sex trafficking.
His attorneys made a motion for bail claiming that the star is suffering from health issues and that he desires to be with his two girlfriends.
According to reports, Magistrate Judge Steven Tiscione denied the bail request citing that Kelly poses a flight risk and is a danger to public safety. The New York indictment alleges that Kelly ran a racketeering enterprise consisting of "managers, bodyguards, drivers, personal assistants and runners for the defendant, as well as members of his entourage" who recruited underage girls for sex with Kelly, also transporting them across state lines.
He also set Kelly's next court hearing, which the singer is not expected to attend, for Dec. 9 in New York. More importantly, he finally set Kelly's New York trial date for May 18, 2020. Kelly's trial is expected to last less than a month.