Published: Thu, September 05, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

April trial date set in R. Kelly's federal case in Chicago

April trial date set in R. Kelly's federal case in Chicago

One day after he was released from solitary housing in the Windy City's Metropolitan Correctional Center and into the general population at the lockup facility, a judge set an April 27, 2020 trial date for child pornography and obstruction charges against the embattled "I Believe I Can Fly" crooner, the U.S. Attorney's office in Chicago confirmed to The Post. They characterized the conditions as "cruel and unusual punishment".

Furthermore, federal prosecutors also notified the judge that said Kelly was not completely truthful about not having any human contact while in solitary confinement.

Kelly faces 40 counts of sexual various state and federal sexual misconduct charges in Illinois, Minnesota and NY, from child pornography to the aggravated sexual assault.

Chicago prosecutors fired off a letter following the transfer, claiming the R&B icon wanted to be in solitary in the first place.

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Kelly, 52, stood in court during a Wednesday status hearing in orange jail clothes and slippers, his hands behind his back. The Grammy Award-winner has entered not guilty pleas in all the cases but the one in Minnesota, where he will be arraigned later. He said the jail staff told him he could give it a try for a few days.

Prosecutors quoted Kelly as saying in a jail phone call he had seen "too many movies" about bad things happening to well-known inmates. He added that he wasn't overly anxious that a fellow inmate might bid to make a name for himself by attacking a celebrity.

The trial date for the federal case brought against R. Kelly in NY has not yet been established.

Greenberg also told TMZ that special security measures will be instituted to protect Kelly, though he said officials did not divulge what that will entail, of course.

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