Jury selection has begun for the federal trial of R. Kelly in his hometown of Chicago, where the R&B singer faces charges for rigging his 2008 child pornography trial by threatening and paying a girl he allegedly filmed himself having sex with. sex when he was about 30 years old and she was no more than 14 years old.
The jury acquitted R. Kelly of all charges in that 2008 trial, with some jurors explaining later that they felt they had no choice because the girl did not testify. The woman, now in her 30s and referred to in the files as “Minor 1,” will be the government’s main witness in the upcoming federal trial.
R. Kelly, 55, will arrive at this trial in Chicago after being sentenced in New York by a federal judge to 30 years in prison, after being found guilty in 2021 of charges of using his fame to sexually abuse young female fans. .
Once the jury is chosen, the panel will be opening arguments from prosecutors and the defense before the first witness is called.
If convicted in Chicago, it would add decades to R. Kelly’s sentence in New York, which he has appealed. With the New York sentence alone, Kelly would have 80 years before qualifying for possible early release.