Some five years after R. Kelly was formally charged with child abuse, a trial date has finally been set – following a hearing in Chicago today (August 1st). As ruled by Judge Vincent Gaughan, the long-awaited trial will begin on September 17th. According to the singer’s spokesperson ‘He’s confident that when all the facts come out, it will be clear he’s not guilty of any crime’
In 2002, Kelly was charged with 21 counts of child pornography (seven were later dropped) for allegedly videotaping himself having sex with an underage girl -who was said to be 14 at the time. The singer plead ‘Not Guilty’ to all charges.
Despite being inevitable, I’m kinda shocked by this – especially by how soon the trial is set to begin. Like many, I’d assumed the case would never would reach trial stage; after all, it has been five years. It’ll be interesting to see how this one plays out…