R. Kelly’s New York sexual abuse trial postponed until end of September

Posted at 5:56 PM, April 16, 2020 and last updated 7:27 PM, May 17, 2023

By: Court TV Staff

A New York federal judge has set a new September 29 trial date in the sexual abuse case of US-NY v. Robert Sylvester Kelly. The Grammy-winning R&B singer’s trial date in New York was originally scheduled for July 7.

  • The judge and attorneys also decided to distribute juror questionnaires beginning the week of September 14. There was no ruling regarding the proposed juror questionnaires.
  • Kelly will be arraigned on the new charges outlined in the superseding indictment on April 30 during a video conference. The arraignment could be delayed if officials in Chicago are unable to transport Kelly to the courthouse due to the pandemic.


R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse on Sept. 17, 2019. (Antonio Perez/pool/Chicago Tribune)

It is undetermined whether the judge overseeing Kelly’s federal case in Chicago will move his October 13 trial date.

The trial in Chicago on the state charges has been continued.

Finally, the federal judge in New York questioned Kelly’s attorneys regarding the emergency motion for bond. According to Steve Greenberg, they filed the motion as a courtesy since there is a pending arraignment hearing for Kelly. The judge said it is up to the Illinois federal judge to decide whether to grant Kelly bond since he is housed in Chicago.