A federal judge gave the go-ahead Thursday to relocate incarcerated R&B singer R. Kelly to New York City this summer after several delays.
Kelly was detained in Chicago, where he faces a possible second trial this fall in a separate federal trial related to an extensive sex crimes investigation.
The trial in federal court in Brooklyn had been postponed because of the pandemic. During a virtual hearing, U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly told attorneys that there were court safeguards in place that would allow her to move forward on August 9th.
The judge also said the government should prepare to move Kelly to a New York prison, most likely the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. The exact time was unclear.
Brooklyn prosecutors claim Kelly ran a company made up of his managers, bodyguards, and other employees who helped him recruit women and girls for sex. A jury is expected to hear testimony from alleged victims, each of whom is identified only as “Jane Doe” in court records.
Kelly has denied the sex trafficking allegations. One of his lawyers, Steve Greenberg, said Thursday that his client was looking forward to the trial.