17th April 2020
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, R. Kelly's trial, due to be held in New York City has been postponed to September 29. The singer has been charged with sex trafficking, racketeering and child pornography amongst others and is currently being held in a jail in Chicago.
Kelly's attorney is concerned that their legal team would not have enough time to prepare their defense, while Judge Ann Donnelly, who signed off on the date change, is eager to see the case go in September.
Kelly had previously filed for release from Chicago's Metropolitan Correctional Centre expressing concern over the coronavirus. Judge Donelly rejected the motion on the basis that there were no confirmed cases of the virus in the prison however he refiled claiming that the circumstances had changed.
According to Kelly, there are at least 6 confirmed cases amongst inmates and a further 7 cases among members of staff. He argues that if he does not get released, it would be an "absolute probability", that he would become infected.
When Donnely said that the singer failed to explain why he wouldn't be a flight risk, he explained that he is "too recognizable" to flee successfully from the state. Kelly also insisted that he would agree to 24/7 surveillance and GPS monitoring.
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