The Chicago Tribune is reporting some bad news about R. Kelly. No, don’t worry: he isn’t getting out on bail, no sorry–I phrased that wrong. Bad news for R. Kelly. It’s good news for everyone who’s interested in justice being served for alleged sex abuse victims. R. Kelly is right now in prison waiting for a bunch of court dates because he’s been charged with a shit ton of crimes across two states. Or is it three? Hard to keep track. Well now we know that the state of New York definitely wants to have a face-to-face convo with Robert Sylvester, and he’s going to be picked up by some US Marshals to get there. Yay! Road trip!
On Friday, court records were made public which say that R. Kelly is going to be going on a state-sponsored trip with a few US Marshals. New York wants to see him at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn on August 2nd for a hearing, so the US Marshal Service will be bringing him from Chicago where he is currently in solitary at the Metropolitan Correctional Center. After New York is done laying down the law (quite literally) he will then be brought back to Chicago where he has a status hearing on September 4th about his other indictment at the Dirksen courthouse. So he’s going to get two field trips in like the span of a month? To think, he was worried he’d never tour again!
And there’s some updates on how R. Kelly’s bail denial went down too. The prosecutors said that R. Kelly is an “extreme danger” to the community and they really let us know about what this creep was getting up to:
“We’re talking seventh and eighth grade girls. And it didn’t happen once or twice. He sexually abused them hundreds of times before they turned 18… The investigation is far from over.”
The prosecutors still think they’re going to find even more victims because his alleged operation was a well-oiled, pedophilic machine:
“The 18-page New York indictment against Kelly alone alleged that it was standard practice for his entourage to issue wristbands to girls–some minors–attending his concerts that allowed them backstage access and direct interaction with Kelly. When Kelly identified a girl he wished to see again, he’d ask for her contact information or direct his associates to obtain it. The girls were then invited to meet with Kelly at future shows, with some provided lodging, according to the charges.”
It’s still not really clear which of these court cases will go first.
And on Friday there was even more legal drama for R. Kelly, as one of his former employees, Milton “June” Brown, pleaded not guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to receive child pornography. Milton’s 13-count indictment alleged that he and R. Kelly’s former manager, Derrel McDavid, conspired along with R. Kelly to “fix” the previous 2008 trial by paying off witnesses and victims in exchange for changing their testimony. Milton is also alleged to have paid “hundreds of thousands of dollars to recover child sex tapes” so the prosecutors couldn’t get them. R. Kelly and McDavid had already both pleaded not guilty to the same charges, but now it was Milton’s turn. See, this is why your other employees turned on you and handed over the tapes they been knowing about! It’s better to be a hypocritical, back-stabber than get shanked in the back in prison, no?