R. Kelly transferred to NYC jail ahead of sex-trafficking trial
NEW YORK — R&B singer R. Kelly has been jailed in New York City in anticipation of his sex-trafficking trial later this summer.
A federal prison website on Wednesday listed Kelly as an inmate at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. He arrived there Tuesday afternoon from Chicago, where he was being held on similar charges.
Kelly, 54, is accused of leading an enterprise made up of his managers, bodyguards and other employees who helped him recruit women and girls for sex. Federal prosecutors say the group selected victims at concerts and other venues and arranged for them to travel to see Kelly.
The Grammy Award-winning singer denies ever abusing anyone.
His trial is set for Aug. 9.
R. Kelly trial: Judge allows R. Kelly to be moved to NYC for sex-trafficking trial after several delays
In April, a federal judge gave the green light to move jailed Kelly to New York City to go on trial this summer after several delays.
Kelly had been held in Chicago, where he was facing a potential second trial in the fall in a separate federal case related to a sprawling sex crimes investigation.
The trial in Brooklyn federal court had been put off because of the pandemic. But at a virtual hearing, U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly told lawyers that there are courthouse protections in place that would allow it to finally go forward on Aug. 9.
The judge also said the government should start preparations to move Kelly to a New York jail, most likely the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. The exact timing was unclear.
The R&B star has been behind bars since his arrest in July 2019. He pleaded not guilty to federal charges in Chicago accusing him of filming himself having sex with underage girls and of paying off potential witnesses at his 2008 trial to get them to change their stories.
Kelly also faces numerous sex-related charges in Illinois and Minnesota and is scheduled to stand trial in September in Chicago federal court.
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