A federal judge in New York City has denied bail to R&B singer R. Kelly following his sex-abuse case. R. Kelly didn’t attend the hearing on Wednesday on a defense motion asking for his release on bond.

According to CBS News, U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly agreed with prosecutors that he’s a flight risk and a potential threat to witnesses. R. Kelly is to remain detained in Chicago, where he awaits trial.

R Kelly was arrested in July for allegedly using his fame to recruit young women and girls for illegal sexual activity, following years of speculations and accusations by various women.