After being convicted on nine criminal counts by a federal jury in New York City, including racketeering, sex trafficking and the sexual exploitation of a child, R. Kelly will go on trial again — this time in Chicago, to face additional charges.
The 54-year-old singer is set to go to court August 1, 2022 in a federal case that includes child pornography, obstruction of justice and sexual abuse charges, according to ABC Chicago affiliate WLS-TV.
Kelly appeared virtually in court Wednesday morning with lawyer Steve Greenberg, who will represent him in the Chicago case. Greenberg revealed that his client was briefly under suicide watch following last month’s conviction.
Kelly will be sentenced on May 4, 2022 for his New York City conviction. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years, but could receive up to life in prison.
The three-time Grammy winner is also facing four separate indictments alleging sexual abuse in state court in Chicago, and a child prostitution charge in Minnesota.
As previously reported, two weeks ago, R. Kelly’s two YouTube channels were deactivated. “Egregious actions committed by R. Kelly warrant penalties beyond standard enforcement measures due to a potential to cause widespread harm,” YouTube’s head of legal, Nicole Alston, wrote in a memo, according to Bloomberg.com.
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