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R. Kelly missed a pre-trial court hearing in his sexual abuse case in Chicago, Illinois after he apparently refused to be transported from jail. The R&B superstar was due to appear in court on Thursday, Aug. 15, for a pre-trial hearing.

Kelly, 52, is being held in a Chicago jail without bond. He faces state and federal charges of sexual abuse of a minor in Illinois, New York, and Minnesota - charges which he denies.

Kelly's refusal to appear in court frustrated prosecutors and the presiding judge - who decided to continue the hearing without him.

According to WENN.com, Judge Lawrence Flood told Kelly's lead defense lawyer Steve Greenberg: "He has to be here."

Prosecutor Jennifer Gonzalez told the judge: "The defendant was to be brought to court today. That was all worked out. The sheriffs were going to be bringing him over. As I understand it, he refused transport and so that is why the defendant is not before your honor today."

But Greenberg denied reports that his client refused to get on the bus.

Greenberg said the prosecutor's claim was not "not 100 per cent true" and he explained that U.S. Marshals said moving Kelly from his jail cell at Chicago's Metropolitan Corrections Center was a "large undertaking".

The charges Kelly faces include sexual assault, abuse of a minor, making indecent images of minors, racketeering and obstruction of justice.

The singer is being tried in Illinois first. His next court date in Chicago is September 17.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Can we get a Normani post? I'm here for positive dark skin reputation.

  • KarmaBackAround

    I didnt even know u could refuse to be transported.. hes makin his case worse tho.. whether or not youre there, theyre GOING to burn that ass up robert.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    You can dodge play victim ... cry suicide either way Kells that azz will burn (8) FOH for eternity!

  • Wreckognize Game

    I just watched that video. She tore it down???

  • CookieMobster

    He better make a 12 play to get him to the jail....

  • Facts and Receipts

    So...they couldnt billy club his ass into the van? They do the shit to inmates who mostly dont even deserve it.

    And this one does yet its like "Ummm...umhhhh your honor. He wouldnt get into the van we sent round there for him to bring his ass to this court on today"

    LISTEN

  • Shawty

    Not going to court will not make the charges disappear. Good luck on that Robert!

  • Rhyme and Reason

    I’m sure the Jeffrey Epstein suicide or murder (a matter of opinion) probably affected “Robert!”

    He knows by now, he’s not going to walk, and the prosecutors wants to make sure, he dies in prison!

    Karma!

  • Renee26

    Issue a default judgment against his ass then. Failure to appear = you lose.

    Taze that mf and put him in the jumpsuit like y'all do other uncooperative inmates. Fugg Robert ol entitled to baby pussay ass

  • Renee26

    I said taze his ass ?

  • http://realitytea.com Lady Chatterly’s Lover

    Did he decide to walk instead?

  • KarmaBackAround

    ???

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Issue a default judgment against his ass then. Failure to appear = you lose.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    That's civil court, luv.

  • MsSapphire9800

    She danced her azz off...love the video.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Maaan,this shidt makes no fvcked sense....if yew are in custody how can yew refuse to be transported tew a court hearing?Slap some restraints on his asz... Ither he can walk voluntarily or drag Kellz asz. He needs tew be charged with Contempt

  • Heat2Hot

    Kells is mad at his lawyer. He said that his lawyer only took the case for publicity. Kells met with Tom Mesereau for 4 hours recently trying to get Tom to take his case. It won't happen. You've got to have big money to hire Mesereau. He got Michael Jackson, Robert Blake and many other celebrities acquitted. That's why Kells wants him but Kells can't afford him.

  • Lame Ass LA

    I wish most of u people actually knew wut it was like to interact with these entertainers....cuz if u did......oh boy

  • Renee26

    Cute girl... My first time hearing of her

  • Renee26

    I know but still

  • Alextra Ballard

    Tom Mesereau is a damn good attorney.....with alla that evidence they have against him, I don’t think he can even help Kellz...

  • Dontgetdraggedputa??

    Blank stare

  • https://disqus.com/home/discussion/freakkboxshawty/freakkbox_on_strikingly B A B Y ?

    I wonder how many times Hes been back to his fav mcdonalds since he been out

  • Heat2Hot

    I don't think there's an attorney alive who can get Kells off including Tom.

  • Connie

    entitled to baby pussay ass
    ^^^^^^^
    The outrage of it all!!

  • Connie

    billy club his ass into the van
    ^^^^^^
    you and @re@disqus_kRwjb46BP9:disqus have me crying here on the plantation! I caint...

  • Nita Pie

    He looking 52 and stressed. He dont want to be seen looking fat and nasty. Robert get your nasty azz up and get to court, you should've kept your nasty hands to yourself and you wouldnt be in this situation. I have sympathy for this man.

  • Renee26

    He truly feels entitled to it cause the girls are "fast" ... He sees no wrong in his ways

  • currvalicious

    This man may end up taking his life. Freedom as he knows it is over. He will not get past these cases. All these different states. He was just in NY, thought he was still there.

  • currvalicious

    I'm done. You are crazy! Lmao???

  • Tinytoon

    Lol, tied him to the van & drag his @ss there.

  • Tinytoon

    Lol, tied him to the van & drag his @ss there.

  • currvalicious

    Such a pretty girl. I loved her on "Dancing w the Stars".... Stopped watching g after she got robbed of that stupid trophy.

  • Bree

    I bet Gayle King could make him go to court. Tell Robert to get his black behind in here, right nah! Oh you ain't getting up, somebody hold my wig!!! This ninja crazy!

    I wonder why those girls haven't gone home!? Why aren't their parents asking for them now?

  • Yup, I said it

    Kellz could have afforded Messerau if he had of stopped trying to keep a harem and sent those girls (Dominique and Dem) home when their parents came knocking. He is just dumb, dumb, dumb and needs to stay right where he's at.

  • Applebootay

    ish sounded suspect when I heard it....Like ain't no way he refusing to go to court when he desperately wants to get out of jail.....make it make sense.

  • Heat2Hot

    Agreed. He's where he belongs.

  • Yup, I said it

    Find him guilty in absentia. Nobody will care.

  • LoveChild

    The next Epstein.

  • Parent

    He probably wanted to stop at McDonalds on the way there.

  • KcoolMuziq
  • ………

    I couldn't help but to wonder if they ever crossed paths.......

  • LoveChild

    You know birds of a feather flock together. 6 degrees of separation.

  • Alextra Ballard

    ???

  • Alextra Ballard

    Chiiile ion think Kellz would commit suicide

  • LoveChild

    And I didn’t think Epstein would. The guy was trying very hard to get out of jail. You watch and see what happens to Kelly how this will end up you watch.

  • Alextra Ballard

    I agree

  • Maxx

    Nah...the difference would be that RKelly actually committed suicide (although I pray that does NOT happen) Epstein was killed.

  • LoveChild

    No. Kelly won’t be committing suicide.

  • 100milesperhour

    He has it, he doesn't want to spend it & go totally broke. Months of billable hours are a m/f. He's throwing a hail Mary & hoping for the best...like his dumb fans starting a GoFundMe legal fund. He's so manipulative.

  • Logan Roberts

    ??Step in the name of court??

  • luVn_liFe…

    cause they're grown and dont want to go to their fam.

  • SG

    Which is exactly why he needs to stay where he’s at

  • SG

    ????

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    This man is being Lynched by white people and some whorish black women and black folks cheering it along ... smh

  • Alex Wilson

    Quiet as it’s kept he is being attacked in jail , verbally and some physical attempts. He doesn’t want to leave his protected cell that is away from Gen Pop. In transport to & from court he runs the chance of other criminals whom also are being transported to and from wherever. He life is threatened every day. Even the food that is delivered to his cell is being spat in and tampered with. A child abuser in jail
    Never has a good day, Even if they are a celebrity.

  • Soon2BWife

    They will sell their bodies to the highest bidder before they go home. Brainwashing and an underdeveloped mind is not easily undone.

  • Renee26
  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    May he have peace in whatever his choices were and are.

  • Yetunde

    That would be considered police brutality. People would no longer be looking at what he’s done, it will be another case of a black man being assaulted by police while in custody.

  • Shamwow

    I remember hearing the Angie Martinez interview and JayZ said Kellz can’t handle not being the biggest person in the room. Kellz ego purposely kept the people around him small. Now had he had at least 1 man with power in and on his team. They could’ve helped him. But nope you want to be the only “King” going down alone. Everyone once in a while Will need someone to pull them up and RKelly severed ever getting that opportunity because of his ego.

  • Liah

    Karma

  • Leigh Burton

    R. Kelly should have left jail to defend himself if he was innocent!