Singer R. Kelly was denied bond on Tuesday as he faces charges that he recruited girls and women to have illegal sex with him and then covered up the crimes by paying and threatening the victims and witnesses. Kelly appeared in a Chicago federal courtroom wearing an orange jumpsuit and shackles on his legs.

Prosecutors urged a judge to keep Kelly in federal custody, where he’s been since his arrest Thursday, calling him dangerous and a flight risk. Kelly faces a maximum of 195 years in prison on charges filed in Illinois, prosecutors said, and a maximum of 80 years on charges filed in New York.

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