R. Kelly’s federal trial in Chicago postponed until summer 2022

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It was initially scheduled to start in April 2020

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R on charges of child pornography and obstruction. Kelly’s trial has been postponed until next summer.

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The disgraced artist – real name Robert Sylvester Kelly – was found guilty of racketeering and sex trafficking by a federal jury last month (September 27) in Brooklyn, New York. He is to be sentenced on 4 May 2022.

The trial date for child pornography and obstruction charges in Chicago, Illinois, has been delayed several times due to disruptions caused by the COVID pandemic as well as Kelly’s separate trial. It was initially scheduled to launch in April 2020.

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According to Chicago Sun-Times, A new date of August 1, 2022 was set during a position hearing this morning (October 20). Lawyers said it could go on for three or four weeks.

It is being told that Kelly was to appear via video link today but due to a technical fault, the judges could not hear him.

Attorney Steve Greenberg said the US Bureau of Prisons placed Kelly on suicide watch following a guilty verdict in New York, although it has since been withdrawn.

Kelly was first detained in early 2019 on 10 counts of serious criminal sexual abuse.

R. Kelly arrives in a Chicago courtroom in 2019. credit: Scott Olson / Getty Images

He was convicted federally in July 2019 in Illinois. During the hearing, Judge Harry D. Leinenweber said the child pornography allegation has a “custodial presumption”. Kelly pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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The artist also faces additional sex-related allegations in Illinois and Minnesota. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges.

Jacqueline M. Kasulis, US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said last month: “Today’s guilty verdict forever casts R. Kelly as a stalker who has used his fame and fortune to help young, vulnerable and voiceless people.” done to hunt for his own sexual satisfaction.

“A predator who used his inner circle to lure underage teenage girls, and young women and men into a sordid web of sexual abuse, exploitation, and degradation for decades.”

Following his guilty verdict last month, R Kelly’s album sales increased by more than 500 percent.

Meanwhile, two of Kelly’s YouTube channels have been permanently suspended. The video streaming platform cited violations of its terms of service and “producer responsibility guidelines”.

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