R&B singer R. Kelly’s sex trafficking case in Brooklyn has been scheduled to go for trial in early April, according to a judge Thursday.
Jurors that will seat on the case will be picked over a period of 10 days in mid March and the trial is arranged to start by April 7, according to the order by District Judge, Judge Ann Donnelly.
Judge Donnelly has in a previous order said that the jury would be anonymous and partially sequestered.
“The government has established that empanelling an anonymous and partially sequestered jury is warranted,” wrote Donnelly.
The Judge added that US Marshals would be around to escort the panel in and out of the Brooklyn federal courthouse each day and sequester them during breaks to protect them from outside influence.
This is because the prosecutors, who requested the extra measures be taken, have argued that the king of R&B has a long history of pressuring accusers and others to escape justice.
There is a claim that the “U Save Me” crooner in 2008, during his child pornography trial in Chicago, in which he was acquitted, allegedly tried to influence the jury, prosecutors in Brooklyn wrote.
They further argued that three associates of the singer were recently arrested trying to bribe and threaten R. Kelly’s accusers.