Friday, August 16, 2019

R Kelly misses court hearing after transport mix-up

Singer R. Kelly has missed a court hearing, with prosecutors claiming he "refused transport" from jail. The R&B star was due at a pre-trial hearing for his s-x abuse case in Chicago, Illinois, on Thursday.

Kelly's lawyer said it was "not 100% true" that the singer had refused transport, but explained that "moving Mr Kelly is a large undertaking".

The singer is currently facing several state and federal charges of s-xual abuse in the US.

The accusations include s-xual assault, abuse of a minor, making indecent images of minors, racketeering and obstruction of justice.

The hearing in Chicago continued without Kelly, but the judge expressed frustration that the musician was absent.

"He has to be here," Judge Lawrence Flood told Kelly's lead defence lawyer Steve Greenberg.

The singer's next court date in Chicago is 17 September.