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R. Kelly child pornography trial set for September

 The R&B singer R. Kelly will go to trial on child pornography charges in September.

R. Kelly child pornography trial set for September One of the most famous R&B singers, Robert Sylvester Kelly known around the world as "R. Kelly" will stand trial beginning on September 17th, facing child pornography charges. The 40-year-old singer is accused of videotaping himself having sex with an underage girl, who could have been as young as 13 at the time the video was made. R. Kelly pleaded not guilty to the charges, while his defence have disputed the age of the girl and if it is R. Kelly on the tape.

 His trial was delayed after arguments over when the video was made, which would help establish the age of the girl in the sex tape at the time of the act. Kelly's trial had to be re-scheduled again, after the judge overseeing the trial fell and injured himself, needing time to recuperate.

 The troubles for R. Kelly started on June 6th of 2002, when the singer was indicted on 21 counts of having sexual intercourse with a minor, stemming from a video tape allegedly showing R. Kelly having sex with what is believed to be a 13 year old girl. The charges were later reduced to 14 counts of soliciting a minor for child pornography.

 This is not the first time R. Kelly is accused of sexual relations with a minor. As far back as 1991 several women have claimed to have had sex with him. In 1995 VIBE Magazine found and published a copy of the marriage license of R. Kelly and the singer Aaliyah, who was 15 years old at the time, and her age was falsely listed as 18. A few months later the marriage was annulled.

Published on 08/02/2007

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