Step in the Name of Law: R. Kelly Chicago Trial Set for Next Summer

In Summary

After being convicted of racketeering and violations of the Mann Act in New York, R. Kelly is now set to stand trial in Chicago in August. 

Instead of stepping in the name of love, singer R. Kelly will be stepping into a Chicago court room to face child pornography, sexual abuse and obstruction of justice charges in Chicago.  

RELATED: R. Kelly’s Official YouTube Channels Cease to Exist After Guilty Verdict  

According to ABC 7 Chicago, Kelly appeared virtually with his lawyer Steve Greenberg and was informed the trial would begin on August 1, 2022. In May, the case will return to court for a status update.  

RELATED: R. Kelly Found Guilty in Federal Sex Trafficking Trial  

This comes after Kelly was found guilty of racketeering and violating the Mann Act in federal court in New York. Some of the lawyers from the New York case will join his legal team out of Chicago.  

RELATED: #MuteRKelly Co-Founder Calls Out Sexual Violence in Black Community 

Federal prosecutors invoked the RICO Act, an act typically used to take down members of organized crime. Now, Kelly could potentially face decades behind bars. Greenberg is expecting the government to request 20 years or more for Kelly.  

RELATED: R. Kelly’s Music Sales Increased 500% After Sex Trafficking Conviction  

The singer first faced allegations of child sex abuse and acts of sexual violence more than 25 years ago. He was sued multiple times and faced 21 counts of making child pornography in 2002 in Chicago and was found not guilty.   

More charges surfaced throughout the years and in 2019, the documentary series Surviving R. Kelly was released on Lifetime. It featured testimony from many of the singer’s accusers and their families. 

If you or someone you know is struggling from trauma triggered by this story, resources are available here.  

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