R. Kelly Due to Appear at Status Hearing in Chicago Federal Case

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R. Kelly leaves the George N. Leighton Criminal Court Building on March 22, 2019 in Chicago.

R. Kelly is expected to appear at a status hearing a day after jail personnel moved him into the general inmate population following a complaint from his his attorneys that he was being held in solitary in a restrictive section of a federal jail in Chicago.

Questions about the singer’s jail conditions could still come up at Wednesday’s (Sept. 4) hearing in a Chicago federal court. But prosecutors say the issue is moot given Kelly’s transfer Tuesday out of the restrictive unit.

Authorities initially worried other inmates could try to hurt the 52 year-old Grammy Award-winner because of his celebrity status or because he is accused of sexually assaulting minors. Defense attorneys said Kelly had initial misgivings about entering the general population but changed his mind after experiencing conditions in the special unit.

Kelly faces sexual misconduct charges in Illinois, Minnesota and New York. Kelly has been in custody without bond since his arrest in Chicago on July 11 after two separate federal grand jury indictments in Illinois and New York, which alleged that the singer recruited women for sex and spent thousands of dollars buying back videotapes of his sexual exploits. The singer is slated to be arraigned in Minneapolis on the child prostitution charges on Sept. 12. His current stint behind bars came five months after the singer was releasd on bail on 10 additional aggravated sexual abuse charges brought by Illinois prosecutors.


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