Superstar R&B singer R. Kelly is currently sitting in a Chicago prison cell awaiting trial later this year on charges ranging from sexual abuse, possession of child pornography and obstruction of justice. There will be a couple different trials. The first one will start in April and another will start in May. Prosecutors in one of the cases do not want the names of R. Kelly’s accusers to be made public. However, they also have another request. They do not even want R. Kelly to know the names of the two women who are accusing him. The prosecutors believe that the singer will have people try to intimidate these women so they will be too afraid to testify.
The concern of the prosecutors is very understandable. According to Chicago Tribune, this is because R. Kelly is believed to have used intimidation tactics against people testifying against him in previous trials. Therefore, they do not want the same thing to happen to these women. Their plan is to only tell R. Kelly’s defense attorneys the names of the female accusers a couple of weeks before the trial is set to begin. As you might imagine, R. Kelly’s lawyers are not happy about this at all. They think the prosecutor’s claim that R. Kelly is going to attempt to intimidate his accusers from inside of a prison cell is ridiculous.
There had been rumors about R. Kelly being involved with girls who were underage going all the way back to the middle of the 1990s. He had faced legal action multiple times in the past. However, he was always able to get off the hook. In those cases, it is believed that the singer paid off witnesses and threatened people so they would not testify against him. These methods obviously worked. However, the amount of legal problems he is facing this time might be too much for him to escape.
R. Kelly has been denied bail while he waits for his trials to begin. A judge did not grant him bail because of a concern that he might try to flee. His lawyers said that he does not have the money that would be required to pull off an escape from the country. However, the judge said that it is not known exactly how much money the singer has. His finances are apparently very confusing. Also, the judge did not want him to be free to harass and intimidate witnesses.