AceShowbiz - R. Kelly will have to remain behind bars during the coronavirus pandemic after his third get-out-of-jail plea was shot down.
Lawyers for the "I Believe I Can Fly" hitmaker have been claiming the singer is pre-diabetic with high cholesterol and high blood pressure - making him a high-risk inmate if he contracts COVID-19 at the Metropolitan Correctional Center Chicago in Illinois.
Two previous appeals were denied, and on Friday, May 15, 2020, his latest attempt was also dismissed by the same federal judge in Brooklyn, New York.
Judge Ann Donnelly declared he is still considered a flight risk and poses a danger to the community if released, reports the New York Post.
Kelly, who has been held in Chicago on federal sex counts since last year 2019, has also been charged with a racketeering conspiracy in the U.S. District Court in New York. He is accused of grooming underage girls attending his concerts for sexual abuse, and is due to stand trial in September.