The jury selection for the trial of R&B star, R. Kelly, will begin this Monday, August 9 in New York … this is coming more than a year late due to the pandemic. the singer has been sued for multiple sexual assaults.
The 54-year-old R&B singer will be tried in federal court in Brooklyn for extortion, sexual exploitation of a minor, kidnapping, corruption, and forced labour from 1994 to 2018.
R. Kelly is currently imprisoned in a Brooklyn jail. He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges levelled against him. The first witnesses are expected to appear on August 18 following the selection of jurors.
Kelly whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly was accused of child pornography, sexual assault, and sexual relations with minors for more than 25 years until he was accused of creating a sex sect around him.
Despite these allegations and several out-of-court settlements, the “I Believe I Can Fly,” singer has maintained a loyal fan base and has continued to tour around the world, even his songs continued to stream on music streaming platforms … earning him more money.
R. Kelly’s world began crumbling in January 2019, with the release of the explosive documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly,” which brought the singer’s sultry history back to life, this time in a post-era era.
Prosecutors in Chicago, in February 2019, charged R. Kelly with aggravated sexual abuse of four women between 1998 and 2010, the youngest of whom was found to be 14-years-old at the time, according to yet-to-be-verified claims.
In Illinois, Federal prosecutors indicted him for child pornography and inciting a juvenile to sexual conduct seven months later, accusing him of filming his antics with young girls and buying the silence of witnesses to gain his acquittal in his first trial for child pornography in 2008.