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Singer R. Kelly, 53, faces two federal indictments in two states on charges related to sexual abuse. He has been held without bond since his arrest in July 2019. Kelly’s attorneys have repeatedly argued for his release on bond and been repeatedly rejected.

The R&B superstar is also charged in a federal indictment in Chicago with conspiring with two former employees — longtime manager Derrel McDavid and Milton “June” Brown — to rig his 2008 child pornography trial in Cook County by paying off witnesses and victims to change their stories. The indictment also alleges Kelly and his co-defendants paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to recover child sex tapes before they fell into the hands of prosecutors.

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In addition, the longtime R&B superstar faces racketeering conspiracy charges in U.S. District Court in New York alleging he identified underage girls attending his concerts and groomed them for later sexual abuse.

Kelly also faces charges of sexual abuse and sexual assault in Cook County, and charges in Minnesota related to solicitation. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

Here is a brief history of the singer’s rise and troubles:

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