Photo by Antonio Perez/Pool/Getty Images
Photo by Antonio Perez/Pool/Getty Images

R. Kelly’s second attempt to be released from federal jail over the coronavirus pandemic has been denied despite several cases of COVID-19 at Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center.

U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly, who denied Kelly’s first request earlier this month, ruled Tuesday that the embattled singer remains a flight risk and could possibly “intimidate prospective witnesses” if he’s released. 

“The risks associated with the defendant’s release have not changed,” Donnelly wrote. “The defendant continues to downplay the risk that he might flee, citing his attendance record in connection with the 2002 state criminal charges against him.”

Donnelly continued: “Even aside from the risk of flight, the risk that the defendant would try to obstruct justice or intimidate prospective witnesses has not dissipated, and poses a danger to the community.”

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