R. Kelly has reportedly been returned to federal jail in downtown Chicago prior to his trial on child pornography and obstruction-of-justice charges. The move comes just two weeks after the disgraced R&B star was sentenced in New York to 30 years in prison for racketeering and sex trafficking.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Kelly, 55, was transferred on Tuesday (July 12) from the federal jail in Brooklyn to the Metropolitan Correctional Center. He was also held at the Chicago facility after he was indicted on federal charges in both Chicago and New York in 2019.
Jury selection for Kelly’s Chicago federal trial is slated to begin on August 15. In 2002, Kelly was indicted in Illinois state court on 21 counts of child pornography, however he was acquitted six years later by a jury.
Federal prosecutors allege Kelly and two co-defendants fixed that state trial, saying Kelly arranged for a girl and her parents to travel overseas to prevent them from talking with police prior to his indictment and later instructed them to lie to a grand jury about the case.
Kelly has denied any wrongdoing in both New York and Chicago cases.