R. Kelly To Be Moved To New York For Sex-Trafficking Trial

A federal judge gave the green light for the move.
R. Kelly is slated to trade a jail cell in Chicago for one in New York City.
On Thursday (April 15), a federal judge gave the green light to relocate the R&B singer in preparation for his trial this summer on alleged sex-trafficking crimes. The case, which has faced several delays, is unrelated to the one in Chicago, where he is being held on 21 charges of making child pornography.
The trial in Brooklyn federal court had been put off because of the coronavirus pandemic. During a virtual hearing, according to ABC News, U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly told lawyers that there are courthouse protections that allow the trial to begin on August 9.
The exact timing of Kelly’s move is uncertain at this time.
Prosecutors in New York allege Kelly led an enterprise made up of his managers, bodyguards, and other employees who helped him recruit women and girls for sex. A jury is expected to hear testimony from his alleged victims.
R. Kelly has denied all sex trafficking allegations made against him.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – JUNE 26: R&B singer R. Kelly leaves the Leighton Criminal Courts Building following a hearing on June 26, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Prosecutors turned over to Kelly’s defense team a DVD that alleges to show Kelly having sex with an underage girl in the 1990s. Kelly has been charged with multiple sex crimes involving four women, three of whom were underage at the time of the alleged encounters.
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