A supposedly broke R. Kelly has been squirreling away profitable music royalties in a childhood pal’s checking account, Manhattan prosecutors stated Wednesday.
The accused pedophile singer has been pushing to get out of jail whereas awaiting trial on sex-trafficking and different costs.
His legal professionals have argued he’s no flight danger partly as a result of he’s virtually penniless.
However federal prosecutors scoffed on the assertion in new courtroom papers.
“In fact, the defendant continues to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in connection with royalties he is owed for his music,” the feds wrote.
“The federal government’s investigation has revealed that earlier this yr, the defendant re-directed these royalties to the checking account of a childhood buddy. No matter the place these funds are being held, nonetheless, they belong to the defendant and, at any time, the defendant can redirect these funds — and future royalty proceeds earned — to an account in his title.’’
A decide has but to rule on the difficulty.
Kelly is presently being held behind bars in Chicago and should get the OK from a decide there and in Manhattan to be freed.