R. Kelly has told a Chicago judge that he will not be taking the stand during his current trial for various allegations of child sex crimes.
This past Thursday (September 1), the disgraced R&B singer stated he would not be willing to take the witness stand himself during his trial for federal charges which include coercing minors into sex, and receiving and producing child pornography.
He is also facing an obstruction of justice charge relating to allegations that R. Kelly rigged his 2008 state trial for child pornography with the help of his business manager and co-defendant Derrel McDavid.
R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly on June 29 after he was convicted on nine counts of various racketeering and sex trafficking charges during September 2021’s trial. In the weeks following his conviction and onset of his Chicago trial, multiple details of sex crimes the “Ignition” singer was allegedly involved in have emerged.
On August 23 Charles Freeman testified during Kelly’s Chicago trial that the singer and his team allegedly offered a man $1 million to obtain sex tapes involving Kelly and a minor. Two women also came forward with allegations the singer videotaped them having sex as minors during court proceedings on August 29.
Aside from all of that, R. Kelly’s legal team will also deal with a federal judge’s ruling that rejects the singer’s request to ban jurors who’ve seen Surviving R. Kelly from the trial.
As the magnitude of his crimes continues to be exposed, critics of R. Kelly’s predatory behavior, such as John Legend, remain out spoken in condemning the singer’s actions for decades. Legend recently went off on Twitter and explained his decision to participate in the Surviving R. Kelly documentary “didn’t feel risky at all,” because he believes the victims and doesn’t “give a fuck about protecting a serial rapist.”