R. Kelly Is a No-Show in Chicago Court After “Refusing Transport”

August 16, 2019

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R. Kelly failed to show up in a Chicago court on Thursday after he “refused transport” from jail. USA Today reports that the Cook County hearing addressed charges of conspiracy that say the singer set up sexual encounters with underage girls and covered them up to avoid prosecution. The hearing went forward without Kelly after attorney Jennifer Gonzalez told Judge Lawrence Flood that the R&B singer refused transport to the state courthouse for the hearing. Kelly's lead defense attorney Steve Greenberg said the claim was not “100 percent accurate,” but declined to give a specific reason for Kelly's absence other than saying it’s a “big undertaking” to transport him to the courtroom. The musician is currently being held at the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago because he was denied bail twice on two separate sex-crimes indictments issued in federal courts in Illinois and in New York.