R. Kelly’s sex-trafficking and racketeering trial is scheduled to proceed in August this year after the coronavirus pandemic delayed the proceeding four different times, a federal judge confirmed on Thursday.
Recently, Assistant US Attorney Elizabeth Geddes told US District Judge Ann Donnelly during an online hearing that prosecutors would, “begin that process of moving Kelly to Brooklyn from Chicago for trial.”
R. Kelly is currently locked up in Chicago prison on a separate federal indictment that includes charges of child pornography, sexual exploitation of children and conspiracy to defraud the government of the United States.
Immediately the Brooklyn case is finalized, Kelly who scooped the Grammy award three different times will be tried in the Windy City. The judge also stated that other parties should be assured that other trials were underway in the Eastern District of New York and appropriate safety measures will be taken.
“It’s going to be normal as that is defined in these unusual times. It may be that communication is through headsets, but it’s been working in other trials so I’m not too concerned about that,” she said.