R. Kelly makes first Brooklyn court appearance, trial set to begin August 18

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R. Kelly made his first appearance in a Brooklyn court on Thursday as his case moves ahead to trial.  The disgraced R&B singer faces numerous charges, including sex crimes, kidnapping and more.

According to Page Six, Kelly, birth name Robert Sylvester Kelly, appeared in person before a New York judge, who set his trial date for August 18.  The singer’s initial date was the 9th, but Judge Ann Donnelly allowed the extension in order for Kelly to review his case materials with his new legal team.  As previously reported, two of Kelly’s top lawyers withdrew from the case last month.

Also during the preliminary hearing, Kelly’s defense asked for him to be released on bail, a request that was denied by Judge Donnelly.

Kelly faces state and federal charges for sex trafficking, racketeering, coercion and other charges related to the alleged abuse and exploitation of six women over the course of 25 years.  He maintains his innocence and He could be sentenced up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Kelly also faces a separate indictment in Chicago for allegations regarding child pornography.  That particular trial is slated to start in September.

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