Kelly’s New York trial is slated to kick off Aug. 9.
A status hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, and at press time, it was uncertain if this evolution will lead to another postponement in the court for the singer, that has been behind bars for almost two years. The New York indictment alleges that Kelly led an”enterprise” that comprised managers, bodyguards, drivers and other workers who supposedly helped him recruit girls and women for sex.
Kelly is also slated to face trial in his native Chicago on accusations he filmed himself having sex with underage girls and paying off potential witnesses in his 2008 child porn trial to get them to change their stories; the singer was acquitted in that trial. Kelly, that has denied that the allegations and pleaded not guilty to the federal charges, was wrapped up in Chicago’s downtown Metropolitan Correctional Center since his arrest in July 2019. “The allegations aren’t true because he never knowingly had sex with an underage woman, he never forced anyone to do anything, he never held anyone captive, he never abused anyone,” Greenberg told the Associated Press in January 2019.
This past December, a federal judge again delayed the Illinois trial concerns linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, pushing the start of the trial to Sept. 13. Kelly, 54, can be facing state charges in Illinois and Minnesota.
According to this Sun-Times), Greenberg’s letter to the judge didn’t include details about the reasons for his withdrawal, but he and Leonard sent statements to the newspaper”suggesting a dispute over trial responsibilities prompted the move.” The men reportedly maintained that New Jersey lawyer Anton and New York-based Thomas Farinella were angling