R&B singer Ar Kelly, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison for sex crimes in June, will appear in court again this week on similar charges, this time in his hometown of Chicago, reports the Western press.
The jury selection process began Monday.
The 55-year-old performer, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, was found guilty in New York of running a decades-long “scheme” to sexually exploit young women, including teenage girls, that nearly two years ago month was sentenced to three decades behind bars.
He now faces charges of obstruction of justice, production of child pornography and unlawful sexual activity with a minor.
The musician and two of his former associates are accused of thwarting his child pornography case in 2008 by threatening and bribing the victim, who did not testify at the time but is expected to speak this time. Jurors then found the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer not guilty.
The other two defendants are his former manager Darrell McDavid and his one-time employee Milton “June” Brown.
The process is expected to last about four weeks.
R. Kelly’s attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, has asked the jury to exclude anyone who watched the documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly,” which featured several of the singer’s victims. However, the judge rejected the request.
The conviction of the multiple Grammy Award winner in New York, the first in a trial in which the majority of civil parties are black women, is seen as a turning point in the #MeToo movement.
The testimony brought to light the singer’s “scheme” for attracting young women and raping them with the complicity of his entourage, BTA reports. Many of the victims told about their meetings with their idol during concerts, after which they were thrown a slip with the singer’s coordinates.
Ar Kelly is also being sued in two other states.