It’s been more than a year since R. Kelly was taken into custody in Chicago on 10 charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse tied to allegations that the once high-flying singer sexually abused four women, three of whom were allegedly minors at the time.
After the judge in the case set his bond at $1 million in Feb. 2019, Kelly pleaded not guilty and was released on $100,000 bail after two nights behind bars.
The singer was re-arrested on July 11, 2019, in Chicago by NYPD detectives and Homeland Security officers and indicted by a federal grand jury on federal charges that alleged additional sex crimes, with federal prosecutors in New York and Chicago indicting Kelly on 18 charges that included kidnapping, forced labor, child sexual exploitation and child pornography production and obstruction of justice. He was ordered held without bail and thus began more than a year of incarceration that has included a denial of bail three times — in October, April and again in May — as Kelly remains at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago while awaiting trial.
What are the current charges against R. Kelly?
Kelly is facing a number of charges in multiple states, mainly consisting of sex trafficking and child pornography. In March 2020, The Blast reported that Kelly was being charged with transporting a minor across state lines, which explains the sex trafficking charges.
Evidence provided to prosecution included alleged copies of the minor’s plane tickets and documents that showed Kelly engaged in years of flying girls state to state for his performances.
Several women have accused Kelly of knowingly transmitting herpes. One of the alleged victims’ names was kept confidential as she is said to have been a minor at the time of transmission. Kelly has allegedly known for years that he’s had herpes but never disclosed to his sexual partners.
In Surviving R. Kelly, one of Kelly’s former girlfriend’s goes on the record about her year-long relationship with the singer and how she contracted herpes. Faith Rodgers claimed that she met Kelly at a concert in her hometown.
Shortly after, they began a relationship. She discovered that she contracted herpes after being advised by a parent of another alleged victim to get tested, as there were rumors that Kelly had the virus.
Rodgers sued Kelly as a result and actively speaks out about her experience with the singer, including that she allegedly was threatened by Kelly and his handlers in an effort to keep her silent.
With so many charges in varying states against Kelly, it would appear that him accepting a plea for less time would be an option. But Kelly is taking his chances. Bossip reported exclusively that the Chicago native will face a judge this fall in his first federal trial, set to start in October, with no plea deal on the table. The charges he is up against in the October trial date are for charges of child pornography. The trial is expected to last three weeks.
Kelly is not the only person on trial this time. His alleged co-conspirators, Derrell McDavid and Milton Brown, are said to have conspired to participate in producing dozens of videos of Kelly abusing young girls and attempting to hide the evidence. The crimes are said to have gone on for over 25 years.
Kelly pleaded not guilty in his 2008 child pornography case and was acquitted by jurors. With the outcome of his last trial, it appears he’s expecting the same result. The singer has already requested early release three times and has been denied by an Illinois judge.