Kelly, 54, is already in the federal Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York, having been moved there in June from a similar federal facility in Chicago.
Kelly was in Chicago jail since July 2019, when he was taken into custody. Kelly tried repeatedly to be released on bail while waiting for trial in the COVID-19 pandemic, but was denied.
In all cases, he pleaded not guilty.
R. Kelly is being tried in New York.
The trial in the Eastern District, New York before U.S. District judge Ann Donnelly has been delayed numerous times since 2019, due to the pandemic and scheduling conflicts with some other criminal cases Kelly faces.
In New York, he is charged with multiple counts, including child pornography, kidnapping, obstruction of justice, sex-trafficking and racketeering for purposes of sexual exploitation of children
Prosecutors accuse him of leading “a criminal enterprise” of managers, bodyguards and other employees, who allegedly helped Kelly to recruit women and underage girls for sex and pornography, and to cross state lines for that purpose.
The trial will last approximately one month.
Who will testify?
A half-dozen girls and women are charged. Their names have not yet been released. Some of these Jane Does can be expected to testify, and if so only their first names will be made public in court, Judge Donnelly said at a pretrial hearing Tuesday according to a court transcript