R. Kelly missed a Chicago court appearance on child pornography charges yesterday (Feb. 7) after undergoing surgery for a burst appendix, his lawyer said.

R. Kelly missed a Chicago court appearance on child pornography charges yesterday (Feb. 7) after undergoing surgery for a burst appendix, his lawyer said.

Attorney Terence Gillespie said the 40-year-old R&B singer underwent surgery Sunday, shortly after being admitted to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. Gillespie said Kelly was in good condition and was expected to be released from the hospital later today.

Kelly, whose real name is Robert Kelly, has pleaded not guilty to 14 counts of child pornography and is awaiting trial. He was charged in 2002 with engaging in videotaped sex acts with an underage girl.

In December, a Cook County judge issued a ruling that allowed Kelly to travel out of state for business purposes without permission. Kelly was in Miami to perform at a Super Bowl party over the weekend.

Kelly's next court date is Feb. 21, and Gillespie said he expected the artist to be there.


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