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Chicago keeps R. Kelly in jail, doesn’t let him attend Minneapolis court date




Chicago wouldn’t share R. Kelly with Minneapolis on Thursday — keeping him locked up and refusing to let him attend a Minnesota court hearing on charges he groped a 17-year-old girl in 2001 and offered her $200 to dance naked for him in a hotel room.

The R&B singer is currently jailed in Chicago on federal sex crimes charges. Federal authorities in Illinois were “not willing to give us access to [Kelly],” until his case there is resolved, prosecutor Judith Cole said during the two-minute hearing in Hennepin County District Court.

As a formality, Judge Jay Quam issued a bench warrant for the 52-year-old performer, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly.

The “I Believe I Can Fly” crooner’s federal trial in Chicago on child pornography and obstruction charges is scheduled to begin on April 27, 2020.

Kelly is accused of recording himself having sex with five different minor girls from 1998 to 2002, and paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to at least two of the minors to get them to return videotapes of the singer having sex with them. He has pleaded not guilty.

He also pleaded not guilty to charges of racketeering, transporting women and girls for sex and sexual exploitation of children in Brooklyn federal court and faces aggravated sexual assault charges in Cook County, Illinois — which encompasses Chicago — in addition to the Minneapolis charges.

Kelly’s next court dates are Oct. 2 in Brooklyn and Oct. 20 in Chicago.

Chicago and Brooklyn are also warring over who gets first crack at trying the singer.

His attorney, Steve Greenberg, said he hadn’t been notified of the Minneapolis hearing. Officials there said summonses were sent to Kelly’s last known address.

With Post wires




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