Thursday, December 20, 2007
Entertainment: R. Kelly: Day in Court
Oh that R. Kelly, back in the news again after missing his court date yesterday. Kelly was charged with child pornography in 2002 after allegedly videotaping himself having sex with a 13 year-old girl.
Judge Vincent Gaughan expected the hear testimony today from an expert, comparing the vein pattern of Kelly’s hands with those of the man in the video. This evidence could have proven Kelly’s involvement though the woman who prosecutors suspect in the case, claims that she is not the girl in the video and has testified to that effect before a grand jury.
Kelly’s hearing was postponed from today until Thursday morning when Judge Gaughan ruled that Kelly had been delayed by circumstances beyond his control. Kelly, who is in the midst of a 45-city tour, was delayed en route to Chicago from Sacramento when a Utah State Policeman pulled the bus over and cited the driver for not keeping logs regarding rest times. The Officer instructed the driver to pull over at a motel and sleep for eight hours before proceeding. This caused Kelly to arrive in Chicago three and a half hours late for his scheduled hearing at 9:00 a.m.
Prosecuting Attorney, Shauna Boliker, requested that a warrant be issued for Kelly’s arrest but Gaughan continued the warrant until 9:00 a.m. Thursday.
Kelly appeared today for his hearing today as promised. Judge Gaughan is expected to set the trial date during today’s appearance.