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R. Kelly sex abuse trial in Cook County, Illinois set for September


IStock/fhogue A tentative trial date of September 14 was set Wednesday for R. Kelly’s sex abuse trial in Cook County, Illinois.

The “I Believe I Can Fly” singer was charged in February with four separate indictments accusing him of sexual misconduct. Three of the four alleged victims were underage at the time.

Judge Lawrence Flood made the trial announcement and referred to several separate charges Kelly faces in other areas across the country.

“I understand there’s two other matters in federal court, New York and in Chicago,” he said at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, according to the Chicago Tribune. “That’s not really the concern of this court. These victims are entitled to their day in court just as the other people in the other cases.”

The three-time Grammy winner is already scheduled to go on trial in April on federal charges in Chicago, and the following month in Brooklyn, New York.

Kelly was charged with a 13-count federal indictment in Chicago for allegedly conspiring with two former employees to pay off witnesses and victims in his 2008 child pornography trial in Cook County.

In New York, he is charged with racketeering conspiracy for allegedly identifying underage girls attending his concerts and sexually abusing them.

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