A warrant was issued for R. Kelly's arrest after the singer failed to show up to a court hearing in his child sexual crimes case. Did everyone forget he is in jail???
Kelly was due in a Hennepin County, Minnesota courtroom today after he was charged with multiple sex crimes in that state.
As everyone in the country knows the 'I Believe I Can Fly' singer is currently behind bars on very similar charges in Chicago. So, the only way he was going to make the hearing is if someone came and got him.
They didn't. So, the clerk in the court began the proceeding by asking if there a Robert Kelly in the courtroom. What? As expected there was no one by that name so a warrant was issued for his arrest.
The judge and prosecutor did say at one point they expected Kelly to be no show to the hearing.
Kelly is facing 18 counts felony counts including child pornography, kidnapping and forced labor. The Minnesota case stems from a 2001 incident where he allegedly paid a 17-year old to strip and sexually touched her.
According to local reports, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said he wouldn't be disappointed if the case in MN went away, as long as he is punished in the other two states in which he is charged with the same crimes.
The judge concluded the warrant would be served to Kelly as soon as he “was able to return to Minnesota to face the charges."
The question still remains, did they need to issue the warrant at all? Or go through this process at all?