R. Kelly judge to proceed to trial despite new cases
R. Kelly and his publicist Darryll Johnson, right, leave The Daley Center after an appearance in court for Kelly's child support case, Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Chicago. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
CHICAGO -- 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.
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 defence lawyer said Kelly didn't appear Thursday because of transportation issues.
Flood said he wanted Kelly at his next status hearing, set for Sept. 17.