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R. Kelly Shut Down By Judge In Criminal Case, Ordered To Appear For Hearing Despite Attempt To Skip Out

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By Ryan Naumann

R. Kelly has suffered another setback in court with a judge ordering the alleged child sex predator to appear at his next hearing.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a New York federal judge has denied Kelly’s motion to skip his next court hearing. The hearing is scheduled to go down on February 6.

The disgraced singer asked for his appearance to be waived. His lawyer, Steve Greenberg, wrote the judge asking if his client could blow it off. Greenberg said he would not be able to appear nor would Kelly’s other lawyer.

Prosecutors fired back at Kelly’s request saying the singer needs to appear. They argued, “In light of the upcoming trial date and the serious nature of the charges that the defendant faces, the government respectfully requests that, absent a compelling reason, the defendant appear by video conference at the conference scheduled for February 6, 2020.”

The judge sided with prosecutors and ordered Kelly to appear via video conference accompanied by his lawyer aka no excuses will be accepted.

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The decision comes as Kelly suffered another setback in his criminal case. He was attempting to get prosecutors to name two “Jane Does” listed in his criminal indictment. Kelly argued he was harmless and couldn’t intimidate any witnesses from behind bars.

Prosecutors objected to Kelly’s demand saying the evidence showed Kelly was still a threat and feared he would try and silence his alleged victims.

In newly filed court documents in Kelly’s criminal case out of Illinois, the singer is demanding documents from prosecutors. He wants them to immediately disclose and produce all undisclosed evidence of information the government has in their possession relating to his guilt or innocence.

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Specifically, Kelly wants them to hand over information on any financial assistance provided to alleged victims for any reason, criminal history of each witness along with, “All mental, psychiatric, or drug abuse and dependency records of any individual who may be called as witnesses as trial, including all documents that relate to any such individual’s ability to be truthful, forthright and honest as a witness and to know, hear, see, tell and relate facts which occur in their presence.”

A judge has yet to rule on his motion.

All this comes as Kelly’s ex-girlfriend, Azriel Clary, gave her first public interview about the singer. She accuses him of years of abuse and believes he has hundreds of victims. She is currently working with the Feds against Kelly.

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