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R. Kelly

The latest updates and coverage of Robert Sylvester Kelly, the entertainer known as R. Kelly, as he faces felony charges that include sexual abuse, child pornography and racketeering.

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R. Kelly’s federal trial in Chicago set for Sept. 13

The judge who set the date acknowledged it is "not set in stone" given the unpredictability caused by the pandemic.

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Federal judge in Chicago says he won’t hold hearing over R. Kelly’s jailhouse assault

U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber rejected the singer’s latest bid to get out of jail while awaiting trial.

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R. Kelly’s lawyers say no one ‘raised a finger’ to prevent MCC attack

Jeremiah Farmer, the inmate accused of attacking Kelly, has said in court records that the R&B star let out a "horrifying scream."

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How does R. Kelly go on trial in the coronavirus era?

Federal prosecutors don’t want to let him out of jail, but they say COVID-19 means they can’t put him on trial, at least in Chicago. Ex-prosecutor says it ‘reveals a problem.’

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R. Kelly’s lawyers want to put inmate who confessed to attacking him on the witness stand

The attorneys for the R&B singer want to determine if any jail employees are at fault for the assault as they continue their efforts to spring Kelly from behind bars before trial.

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Latin King tied to 2 murders claims he attacked R. Kelly to expose corruption

Records show Jeremiah Shane Farmer was convicted last year of a racketeering conspiracy that involved two June 1999 murders. The feds say the victims were beaten to death with a hammer.

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R. Kelly attacked by fellow detainee at federal lockup in Chicago, attorney says

"We have not been provided any information from the jail, nor has Mr. Kelly called," attorney Steve Greenberg tweeted Thursday. "We are hopeful that he was not seriously injured."

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Former manager’s phone threat to New York theater canceled screening of ‘Surviving R. Kelly’: feds

Donnell Russell is accused of making multiple attempts to stop a 2018 screening of the docuseries about Kelly’s alleged sexual abuse.

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Three men charged in plots to bribe, threaten alleged victims of R. Kelly

One man allegedly discussed paying a victim $500,000 to keep her from cooperating with the feds, saying "She got too much." Another harassed a woman who filed a lawsuit against Kelly, the feds say.

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R. Kelly is diabetic, should be released from jail due to COVID-19 concerns, lawyers argue

Kelly’s attorney’s further claimed the Grammy winner doesn’t pose a flight risk or a risk to the public and argued his release is "necessary for the preparation of his defense."

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Feds in New York want anonymous jury when R. Kelly goes to trial there

It’s a move that is typically reserved for mob, terrorism or street gang cases.

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R. Kelly won’t get out of jail before trial due to coronavirus risk, New York judge rules

The judge says Kelly is in jail because he might flee or obstruct justice, and he "has not explained how those risks have changed."

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R. Kelly again trying to get out of jail — pointing this time to the coronavirus

The singer’s lawyers said he would live with girlfriend Joycelyn Savage if he gets out of the MCC, where there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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Feds from New York sought records about R. Kelly’s Near West Side studio from City Hall

The singer’s defense attorney says, "they’re not going to find out anything from a subpoena that is earth-shattering."

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Feds recover more than 100 electronic devices, including cellphones and hard drives, in R. Kelly case

The feds announced the results of the recent search warrant during a court hearing for the R & B singer Thursday.

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New York STD laws are unconstitutional, so charges against R. Kelly should be dropped, lawyer says

Kelly’s lead defense attorney filed a motion Monday asserting that two New York laws are overly broad and, effectively, prohibit anyone with an STD from engaging in sexual intercourse.

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Feds in Chicago hit R. Kelly with fresh indictment

In latest twist in Kelly saga, new indictment adds one victim but removes another

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Judge: Kelly’s lawyers will have to wait to learn accusers’ identities

A federal judge in New York said prosecutors "substantiated" R. Kelly’s ability to interfere with his case from prison.

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Sneed scoop: What sent R. Kelly to the hospital for surgery

Sneed has learned exclusively it was a hernia that sent singer R. Kelly from a jail cell to a North Shore hospital within the past week.

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Witnesses tell feds R. Kelly married Aaliyah to avoid prosecution

Kelly managed last year to smuggle a letter into the jail and used an "unmonitored line" to make an unrecorded phone call, prosecutors allege.

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Lifetime returns to R. Kelly with a powerful new follow-up series

"Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning," takes a wider and deeper look at some of the issues the first one raised. The first had 54 interviews; the follow-up has almost 70.

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R. Kelly pleads not guilty in New York — from Chicago

Singer appears in a Chicago courtroom for arraignment by video link

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R. Kelly’s girlfriends say so long to Trump Tower — and singer’s toe infection has healed up

It’s unclear where the two women will live after leaving Kelly’s upscale digs.

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A day before R. Kelly married Aaliyah, he tried to buy ‘fraudulent’ ID documents, new bribery charges allege

A revised indictment in federal court in Brooklyn accuses R. Kelly of scheming with others to pay for a "fraudulent identification document" for someone identified only as "Jane Doe" on Aug. 30, 1994.

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‘I would never do that’: R. Kelly’s girlfriend denies making claims against singer

In a video posted to TMZ, Joycelyn Savage said the account on Patreon that leveled claims against Kelly was operated by an imposter.

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Cook County judge sets September trial date for R. Kelly

Judge Lawrence Flood gave prosecutors until January to decide which of the four sex abuse cases they will take to trial first.

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Joycelyn Savage, R. Kelly’s girlfriend

After years of standing by R. Kelly, one of the embattled R&B singer’s girlfriends allegedly stepped forward with allegations of abuse in November. She spoke out weeks later to say the accounts were falsified.

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R. Kelly’s former live-in girlfriend accuses him of getting her pregnant, having abortion performed at his house

Once, she called him "babe" instead of his preferred "Daddy" or "Master," she said. His reaction: "He grabbed me and choked me until I blacked out."

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R. Kelly’s ex allowed to use singer’s royalty checks for back child support

Andrea Kelly’s lawyers say the singer again is late on back child support payment.

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R. Kelly divorce lawyer splits with singer, asks judge to order him to pay her $12,000-plus

Lisa Damico was hired as Kelly was facing jail for not paying $160,000 in child support

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R. Kelly has health problems, lawyer says

Defense attorney Steve Greenberg says R. Kelly’s conditions of confinement "remain stifling."

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Woman who posted bond for R. Kelly can’t get her $100K back, judge rules

She says he already paid her back; she wants bond return to give to Kelly to help with legal costs, other expenses.