R.Kelly's second federal trial pushed back

R. Kelly's second federal trial has been pushed back by two weeks.

A federal judge in Chicago announced that the ceremonial courtroom large enough to accommodate a multiple-defendant trial in the COVID era will not be available until mid-August.

Jury selection for Kelly and two of his former associates is now slated to begin on August 15. 

Federal prosecutors in the Northern District of Illinois alleged that they conspired to rig Kelly's 2008 child pornography case and hide years of alleged sexual abuse of underage girls.

Meanwhile, Kelly is to be sentenced in federal court in Brooklyn next week. 

He was convicted there last year of racketeering conspiracy and eight other counts alleging he used his organisation to lure and trap girls, boys, and young women to satisfy his predatory desires.

In addition to the separate federal cases in New York and Chicago, Kelly also faces charges of sexual assault and abuse in Cook County and a solicitation case in state court in Minnesota.

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