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R Kelly trial news – live: Singer to face court over sexual abuse charges

R Kelly Accused Of Sexually Abusing Teenage Boy

R&B star R Kelly is due to appear in court on Wednesday as opening statements are made in a case involving decades of alleged sexual abuse carried out by the “I believe I can fly” singer.

The 54-year-old, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, has strongly denied sexually exploiting and humiliating underage girls and boys, who prosecutors say he — and his team — recruited at the height of his fame in the 90s.

He also faces charges of coercion, racketeering and bribery, as well as breaking US federal law by transporting girls for “immoral” acts. The trail comes two years after his arrest, with the trial delayed by Covid.

A jury made up of seven men and five women will ultimately decide his fate, in what his victims say has been a long wait for justice in the #MeToo era. It follows his acquittal of child pornography charges 13 years ago.

Covid measures will be in place in court, with the opening statements to begin on Wednesday afternoon.

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R Kelly to appear in court two years after his arrest for alleged racketeering, bribery and sexual abuseOpening statements will be made in court in BrooklynFederal case is years in the making, and the latest in the #MeToo eraShow latest update

Hello and welcome to The Independent’s coverage of the federal trial against R&B singer R Kelly, which begin in court in Brooklyn, New York, on Wednesday

Gino Spocchia18 August 2021 10:43

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