R. Kelly Sex Crimes Trial Date Set for April

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JUNE 26: R&B singer R. Kelly leaves the Leighton Criminal Courts Building following a hearing on June 26, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Prosecutors turned over to Kelly's defense team a DVD that alleges to show Kelly having sex with an underage girl in the 1990s. Kelly has been charged with multiple sex crimes involving four women, three of whom were underage at the time of the alleged encounters. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

R. Kelly‘s trial in Illinois for federal charges of child pornography, enticement, and obstruction of justice is tentatively scheduled to start on April 27, 2020. It will be the first time Kelly faces trial for alleged sex crimes since he was acquitted in 2008 on child pornography charges, a case in which he now stands accused of paying witnesses to withhold testimony.

A district judge announced the trial date today during a hearing that Kelly attended wearing orange jail clothes. Kelly was arrested in February and has been held at a Chicago correctional facility since June. Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage, two women allegedly living with the singer against their will, also attended the hearing. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Kelly faces up to 195 years in prison if convicted on all charges in the case. He has also been criminally charged in three separate cases in Illinois, Minnesota, and New York. Those charges include criminal sexual assault, kidnapping, racketeering, underage prostitution and solicitation, and more.

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