A federal judge in New York City has denied bail to R&B singer R. Kelly in his sex-abuse case.
Kelly did not attend the hearing on Wednesday on a defence motion asking for his release on bond.
U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly agreed with prosecutors that he is a flight risk and a potential threat to witnesses.
He remains detained in Chicago.
Kelly, whose full name is Robert Kelly, is accused of using his fame to recruit young women and girls for illegal sexual activity.
The New York judge set a trial date of May 18.
That would follow a trial in Chicago scheduled to begin on April 27.