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R. Kelly pleads not guilty to NY sex trafficking charges: Attorney

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Published on August 2, 2019 - Duration: 00:56s

R. Kelly pleads not guilty to NY sex trafficking charges: Attorney

Douglas Anton, attorney for singer R.

Kelly, said on Friday that his client pleaded not guilty to charges of racketeering and sex trafficking.

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R. Kelly pleads not guilty to NY sex trafficking charges: Attorney

Singer R.

Kelly pleaded not guilty in New York on Friday to charges that he ran a criminal scheme in which he recruited women and underage girls to have sex with him, isolating them and often controlling what they ate and when they went to the bathroom.

One of Kelly's lawyers, Douglas Anton, entered the plea to charges of racketeering and sex trafficking before Magistrate Judge Steven Tiscione in federal court in Brooklyn.

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn say Kelly and his entourage invited women and girls backstage after concerts, kept them from friends and family and made them dependent on him financially.

The R&B singer, 52, known for such hits as "I Believe I Can Fly" and "Bump N' Grind," was arrested in Chicago last month on the Brooklyn charges and a separate set of charges brought by federal prosecutors in Chicago.

The charges were brought after seven women including his ex-wife, appeared on a Lifetime network television documentary which aired in January and accused him of emotional and sexual abuse.

The singer has denied abuse allegations for decades.

In 2008, he was tried on child pornography charges and found not guilty.

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