Controversial R. Kelly Sex Case Finally Goes To Trial
R. Kelly (born Robert Kelly) is set to stand trial in Illinois' Cook County Court on 14 counts of child pornography stemming from a video tape released in February of 2002 by an unknown source and sent to the Chicago Sun-Times. The video allegedly shows the Grammy Award-winning crooner engaging in sex with an underage female. Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan will be presiding over the case.
The video allegedly features Kelly with the then 14 year-old niece of Sparkle, one of the singer's former artists and proteges. Since his arrest, Kelly has vigorously denied that the man in the video is actually him. The alleged victim and her parents have also publicly denied that she is the person on the tape. The video, which was widely bootlegged and made available to the public, furthered wide spread debate and opinion on whether or not the man in the video was indeed Kelly.
Indicted in June of 2002, R. Kelly was initially facing 21 counts but seven were later dropped.
The R&B thug also faced 12 counts of child pornography in Polk County, Florida in January of 2003 after police searched the singer's home and found a digital camera containing 12 images of an underage female. Three of the images were said to show Kelly involved in a sexual act, but those charges were later dropped after a judge ruled that the evidence was seized illegally.