R. Kelly Child Porn Case

Singer R. Kelly’s trial for child pornography is set to begin December 9.

Judge Won’t Dismiss R. Kelly Sex Charges (AP)

Photo R&B star R. Kelly, right, is read his rights by a Chicago police investigator Dan Everett, left, as he is arrested Friday, June 7, 2002, in Chicago. Singer R. Kelly is a step closer to trial after a judge refused Friday Oct. 28, 2005 to dismiss charges in a three-year old case against him for allegedly engaging in videotaped sex acts with an underage girl. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to 14 counts of child pornography. (AP Photo/Stephen J. Carrera)Singer R. Kelly is a step closer to trial after a judge refused Friday to dismiss charges in a three-year old case against him for allegedly engaging in videotaped sex acts with an underage girl.

Kelly has pleaded not guilty to 14 counts of child pornography.

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Prosecutors claim the video was made sometime during a nearly three-year span between January 1998 and October 2000. They cut 18 months off their original timeframe of November 1997 to February 2002 after a judge agreed in June that the span was too broad.

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Kelly, whose first name is Robert, won a Grammy for the gospel-like song “I Believe I Can Fly.” He’s also known for sexually charged music like “Bump N’ Grind” and “Ignition.”

The only reason I’ve heard of R. Kelly is because of spoofs on the Dave Chapelle Show. One wonders whether this will hurt his career or help it.

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