Judge denies R. Kelly's request for release from prison due to COVID-19

A New York Federal judge has denied R. Kelly's request to be released from prison due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kelly is awaiting trial in New York on charges of racketeering, transportation to engage in illegal sexual activity, coercion of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity among other charges.
He is also awaiting trial in Illinois regarding separate sexual abuse allegations and is currently being held in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago.
At present, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in that correctional facility.
In addition, the judge said Kelly has not demonstrated that he is within the most at-risk group.

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