R. Kelly’s federal trial for racketeering, sexual exploitation of a child, bribery, kidnapping, forced labor and enticement is set to begin August 9 in a Brooklyn courtroom.
Kelly appeared telephonically along with his legal team for a status hearing today where U.S. Judge Ann M. Donnelly set his trial date.
Both Kelly attorneys and the prosecution told Donnelly that they were ready to proceed on that date. Questionnaires to potential jurors will begin to be sent out on July 26.
Kelly is facing charges in NY alleging that for over two decades he was the leader of a racketeering enterprise made up of managers, bodyguards, drivers, personal assistants, and runners who recruited women and girls to engage in illegal sexual activity with the singer.
The sexual activity was often filmed and photographed by Kelly, according to the court filing by the Department of Justice. The charges against him involve six different victims.