Judge Refuses To Dismiss Charges Against R. Kelly

Published: 2005-10-31
R. Kelly is now facing trial on charges of child pornography after a Chicago judge refused Friday (October 28) to dismiss a case brought against the singer for allegedly videotaping sex acts with an underage girl.

Kelly's defence attorneys wanted the case thrown out, arguing that prosecutors have been too vague about when the alleged crime took place but Judge Vincent Gaughan disagreed, thus bringing Kelly one step closer to trial. Prosecutors estimate the videotape was made sometime between January 1998 and October 2000, a timeframe already narrowed down 18 months after a June court ruling in favour of the defence. Kelly has already pleaded not guilty to 14 counts of child pornography in the case.

This is not the first time the singer has been connected with this kind of activity - in March 2004, Florida prosecutors were forced to drop 12 child pornography charges against Kelly after a judge ruled that photographs picturing the singer and an allegedly underage girl were seized illegally. Kelly also once notoriously married R & B singer Aaliyah in 1994 when the now-deceased star was just 15 years old.

The next court date in this case is set for December 9.

Writer: Neil McDonald



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