It was confirmed Wednesday that R. Kelly has been moved from prison in Chicago to a jail in New York ahead of his sex crimes trial next month.
According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website, the singer is now being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn.
In July 2019, the artist born Robert Sylvester Kelly was arrested on sex-trafficking charges and accused of systematically recruiting girls for sex while touring and coercing them into sexual activity.
Kelly, 54, faces charges, spanning from 1994 to 2018, which include racketeering, sexual exploitation of a child, kidnapping, bribery and forced labor.
As jury selection is due to begin on August 9 Kelly has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Decades long abuse allegations, especially of underage girls is hanging on the singer known for hits like “I Believe I Can Fly”.
Federal charges in Chicago linked to his alleged sexual abuse of minors also await him.
In his 2008 trial, he was acquitted of child pornography charges, after ‘illegal settlement’ to ensure witnesses’ silence. Moreso, Chicago prosecutors further disclosed Kelly filmed himself having sex with minors.
However, New York attorney Deveraux Cannick joined Kelly’s legal team this week.