R Kelly requests bail because of Covid-19, but judge says no

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Imprisoned singer R. Kelly was denied bail earlier this week. His lawyers had requested that he be released from jail in New York due to the coronavirus outbreak.

In her reasoning, U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly in the Eastern District of New York said: “While I am sympathetic to the defendant’s understandable anxiety about Covid-19, he has not established compelling reasons warranting his release,”. The ruling took place on Tuesday.

According to CNN, to mitigate his application the 53-year-old told the court he had surgery during his jail stay, in reply to that the judge noted: “He does not explain how his surgical history places him at a higher risk of severe illness.” The reason for the singer’s surgery was not mentioned in court.