R. Kelly appeared in a Chicago court Tuesday morning to attend a status hearing on his sex-abuse case.
According to TMZ, Kelly, whose real name is Robert Kelly, had arrived to court shortly after 7 a.m. Tuesday.
In February, the troubled singer was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four victims. The charges are related to alleged incidents that occurred between 1998 and 2010. Three of the four victims were under the age of 17 at the time of the alleged abuse.
According to the Associated Press, it’s not yet clear what issues will be covered during Tuesday’s hearing, but one matter involves attorney Michael Avenatti, who represents two of Kelly’s accusers. Avenatti was indicted on embezzlement and extortion charges in California in April.
In light of those charges, Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, filed a motion to ask the judge to order all messages between Avenatti and prosecutors handling Kelly’s case be maintained as potential evidence of inappropriate coordination and communication prior to and leading into the charges, according to the AP.
According to a previous Associated Press report, phone texts suggest chief Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx worked closely with Avenatti before bringing charges against Kelly, including by meeting Avenatti during a layover at O'Hare International Airport.
Cook County Judge Lawrence Flood has not ruled on the motion.
TMZ has live footage of the court hearing here.
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