Singer R. Kelly is locked up behind bars for a long list of crimes he allegedly committed that includes child molestation and child pornography.
The controversial R&B icon recently cried over what he and his lawyers call unfair treatment by the courts. The artist and his lawyers were optimistic that all of this would come to an end in October.
The trial for the prolific artist was initially scheduled to begin on October 13, 2020, but Kelly recently received some devastating news.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber, who presides over Kelly’s trial in Chicago, has announced another delay.
According to Leinenweber, another reason for the trial to be postponed is the fact that the Dirksen Federal Courthouse is not equipped with a courtroom that could hold a three-person hearing at the moment. Leinenweber has not given a new date for Kelly’s trial.
The news has pushed Kelly to lament and lash out because he cannot sit down with his lawyers and focus on his case.
His lawyers are once more pleading for Kelly to be released on bond. The “If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time” and “I Believe I Can Fly” singer has received a bit of positive news while incarcerated.
A small group of die-hard fans have decided to risk their health and have been protesting in Chicago, demanding that he be freed.
A video has surfaced, showing backers of the entertainer marching in the streets crying out and chanting for justice and freedom with signs that read “Justice For R. Kelly.” The people were heard saying “Free R. Kelly” and “Where were the parents.”
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One person, who saw the video of the protesters supporting Kelly, had this reaction: “😂😂😂Laughing in disgust. They should find another cause because THIS AIN’T IT!”
This activist had this to say about the controversial video: “Folks really have time to print up banners at Kinkos and get 10 paid enablers, I mean #rape supports, I mean fans of child molesters, I mean #Rkelly supporters, (Freudian slips 😐) together to waste an hour marching for a lost cause during a worldwide #pandemic, political upheaval and modern-day Civil Rights protests? These folks ain’t got NOTHING better to do than try to get a serial rapist back on the streets? #FixItJesus.”
An Instagrammer spoke out and explained: “Oh, my God. What ate they actually thinking. Goodness me. Self loathing isn’t pretty. Risking their lives and the lives of that poor baby in a pandemic to support a rapist. I mean, I don’t even know what to say at this point.”
This social media user wrote: “Unsurprising yet disgusting that survivors of this man need to continually defend themselves against misogynoir. The women and girls he has harmed deserve to live their lives and the space to heal. I am so sorry for the recurring trauma being placed on them. Black women and Black girls matter. #muterkelly.”
Experts say with the delays, Kelly might spend a significant amount of time in prison.