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R Kelly to be flown between New York and Chicago for court hearings

By | Published on Monday 22 July 2019

R Kelly

R Kelly is to be flown from Chicago to New York for a court hearing next month. The musician is currently being held in solitary confinement at a jail in his home city of Chicago, having being declined bail last week after facing new sexual abuse charges.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Kelly is due to appear in court in Brooklyn on 2 Aug. He will then be returned to Chicago for a hearing on separate charges on 4 Sep. The plans were made public on Friday, days after a judge ruled that the star posed too great a danger to the public to be released on bail.

In the New York case, Kelly is accused of having a system in place at his live shows to single out girls as young as twelve to meet him backstage.

From this group, he would select girls to meet again, in an attempt to build a relationship with and later sexually abuse them, it is alleged. “We’re talking seventh and eighth grade girls”, Assistant US Attorney Angel Krull said last week. “And it didn’t happen once or twice. He sexually abused them hundreds of times before they turned eighteen”.

Also last week, former Kelly employee Milton Brown pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiracy to receive images of child abuse. Along with the musician’s former manager Derrel McDavid, Brown is accused of paying off victims and witnesses during Kelly’s 2008 child abuse trial, as well as spending hundreds of thousands of dollars buying videos of Kelly committing abuse before they could be handed to authorities.

Kelly has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.