R. Kelly Saved By Judge, Trial Set For May '08

  R&B star R. Kelly was dealt another break this morning (Dec. 21) with the judge ruling on keeping the singer's bond in tact.

Judge Vincent Gaughan had warned Kells yesterday that he'd consider revoking the singer's bond and throwing him in jail. The judge also said earlier that he was "very disappointed" that Kelly, currently on tour, missed his hearing. But today, the judge gave him another chance.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, while the judge said he didn't want to put Kelly's employees out of work during the holiday season and disappoint fans who'd already purchased tickets to his concerts, he ordered Kelly to cancel a Jan. 13 appearance in Hampton, Va., so he doesn't miss a Jan. 14 court date. Gaughan also admonished Kells for his tour bus getting pulled over for speeding through Utah, one of the reasons cited by Kell's attorney for missing his Dec. 19 hearing.

Kelly apologized and promised to fly into town for his next court date, though he has a fear of flying.

"I'd like to say I'm sorry for this whole incident, and next time, I would get a plane," he said

Gaughan also set a trial date for the singer's five year-old case for May 9. Kelly is facing 14 counts of child pornography stemming from a video tape that allegedly features him engaged in sexual acts with a teenage girl. He was charged in 2002 and has pleaded not guilty.

According to the singer's website, he's scheduled to perform in Chicago tonight.


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