CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois judge overseeing singer R. Kelly’s sexual-abuse case says he’ll proceed toward a trial despite three new cases being brought against Kelly.
Musician R. Kelly departs at the Leighton Criminal Court building after pleading not guilty on 11 new sex-related felonies Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Chicago. Thursday’s hearing comes a week after prosecutors announced the new counts, including four of aggravated criminal sexual assault. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky)
Cook County Judge Lawrence Flood noted Thursday at a status hearing that a federal case in Chicago, one in New York and a Minnesota case have all been brought since July. Kelly has denied any wrongdoing.
Flood asked attorneys if there’s agreement about which of the four cases should proceed first. When a prosecutor said that hadn’t been decided, Flood said he’d proceed for now as if no other cases existed.
The multiple cases complicate moving Kelly from a downtown Chicago jail to different hearings. A defense lawyer said Kelly didn’t appear Thursday because of transportation issues.
Flood said he wanted Kelly at his next status hearing, on Sept. 17.