According to reports, his release was denied since the singer remains a flight risk.
The judge had this to say, “[Kelly] is currently in custody because of the risks that he will flee or attempt to obstruct, threaten or intimidate prospective witnesses. The defendant has not explained how those risks have changed.”
The judge added that there are no confirmed cases of the virus at Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in Chicago where the singer is serving his sentence.
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Robert Sylvester Kelly (born January 8, 1967) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, actor and former semi-professional basketball player from Illinois. He has been credited with helping to redefine R&B and hip hop, earning nicknames such as “the King of R&B”, “the King of Pop-Soul”, and the “Pied Piper of R&B”. In 2019, his musical career ended amid criminal indictments.
Robert Sylvester Kelly was born at Chicago Lying-in Hospital in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago on January 8, 1967. He is the third of four children with an older sister and brother and a younger brother.
His mother, Joanne Kelly, was a professional singer who raised her children in the Baptist church, where she sang lead in the choir. The identity of his father, who has always been absent in Kelly’s life, is not publicly known.
His family lived in the Ida B. Wells Homes public housing project in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. Kelly’s high school music teacher Lena McLin described Kelly’s childhood home: “It was bare. One table, two chairs. There was no father there, I knew that, and they had very little.” Kelly began singing in the church choir at age eight.
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