R. Kelly has been moved from a prison in Chicago to a federal facility in New York as his trial is set to begin this summer.
The fallen R&B superstar has been extradited from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago to the federal prison Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn.
Kelly faces charges that include racketeering, sexual exploitation of a child, bribery, kidnapping, forced labor and enticement. His first one is expected to be on the federal charges from the Eastern District of New York (EDNY) and it’s currently scheduled for August 9.
Kelly was arrested in 2019 and is being tried on racketeering charges. Prosecutors say that the disgraced singer ran a criminal enterprise to commit sex crimes against women and underage girls.
Jury questionnaires will be sent out to a pool of hundreds of potential jurors next month.
In related news, R. Kelly has hired an attorney who previously represented Tekashi 6ix9ine’s alleged kidnapper. He is now being represented by attorney Devereaux Leon Cannick.
Kelly has denied the sex trafficking allegations.