As R. Kelly awaits sentencing for his conviction in the New York-based sex trafficking trial, a Chicago judge has set the date for the child pornography trial in his native state. On Wednesday (Oct. 20), U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber announced that the singer is set to stand trial on Aug. 1.
Kelly faces child pornography and obstruction of justice charges following allegations that he videotaped his sexual encounters with three women when they were still minors. Per the 2019 indictment, the singer was accused of settling lawsuits and bribing individuals with cash and gifts in an attempt to get his hands on all copies of the sex tapes before any investigators.
Minor 1, Kelly’s 14-year-old goddaughter who is captured in one of his tapes, will likely take the stand to share her testimony years after she refused to testify when the singer faced child pornography charges roughly two decades ago. According to legal documents, Kelly paid the parents of Minor 1 to prevent her from speaking up at the trial and flew them out of the country so investigators would not be able to interview them, continuing the bribes long after he was acquitted of all charges in 2008.
Kelly faces a maximum of 20 years solely off producing child pornography, the lead charge in the indictment.
Kelly’s trial date was set to align with the schedule of Kelly’s attorneys, who claimed they will be in court on other cases through the month of July. They also argued against rushing the Chicago trial until the singer’s prison sentence for the New York case is announced.
As REVOLT previously reported, Kelly faces life in prison after he was found guilty of all nine counts of sex trafficking and racketeering last month. His sentencing announcement is scheduled for May 4.