On Tuesday a Chicago federal judge announced yet another delay in the R. Kelly trial.
Since his arrest in July 2019, the 53 year old R&B singer has been given multiple dates of when his trial is set to begin. Initially Kelly was supposed to appear before a judge in April 2020, but due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus the date was postponed to October 2020 ,and unfortunately those same reasons have required yet another date to be set. Kelly’s new trial date will be moved to September of 2021, although that date may be subject to change, says U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber.
Robert Kelly, who is a Grammy award winning artist, has plead not guilty to Chicago federal charges of child pornography, bribery, racketeering and filming himself while having sex with a minor. In addition to those charges Kelly also faces racketeering charges in New York and Minnesota. His New York trial will begin April 7,2021.
Pending trial, judges have denied several request by the R&B singer calling for his release from prison. Prosecutors told Judge Leinenweber once the trial begins it would take up to three weeks to present their evidence to the jury.