A federal judge in New York City has denied bail to disgraced singer R Kelly in his sex-abuse case.
Kelly didn’t attend the hearing on Wednesday on a defense motion asking for his release on bond.
His lawyers had asked the judge to reconsider granting him bail because he is only able to see one girlfriend at a time in jail, according to US media.
Kelly faces a number of sex-related charges in Chicago and New York, and was refused bail following a court hearing in Chicago in July.
A request to reconsider granting the 52-year-old bail was filed on Monday in New York, where he is charged in connection with a racketeering scheme to sexually abuse girls, the Chicago Tribune has reported.
The motion is reported to include the complaint that only one person unrelated to Kelly can visit him at a time over 90 days.
Kelly lived with two women before he was jailed.
US District Judge Ann Donnelly on Wednesday agreed with prosecutors that he is a flight risk and a potential threat to witnesses.
The New York judge set a trial date of May 18.
That would follow a trial in Chicago scheduled to begin on April 27.