What is R. Kelly on trial for and where is he right now?

R. Kelly faces a second federal trial on multiple charges, to be held in his hometown of Chicago.

Two months ago, the 55-year-old American R&B singer was sentenced to 30 years in prison in New York. He was found guilty of nine counts of sex trafficking and federal racketeering.

Jovante Cunningham, a former Kelly backup singer, said after the outside of court hearing: “I started this journey 30 years ago. Up until that moment, there wasn’t a day in my life that I really believed that the justice system would come through for black and brown girls.

“I stand here very proud of my justice system, very proud of my fellow survivors and very pleased with the outcome.”

What is R. Kelly on trial for?

R. Kelly is currently facing a second federal trial on counts of child pornography, child sexual exploitation and conspiracy to defraud the United States

The jury selection process was scheduled to begin on Monday. At least two women who allege Kelly coerced them into sexual activity when they were minors are expected to testify at the trial.

This trial is likely to discuss the previous allegations against him, as he was implicated in a 2008 state trial over child pornography allegations of which he was acquitted.

According to The Associated Press, the charges “link to a video allegedly showing him sexually assaulting and urinating on a 14-year-old girl that first became public in 2002. Kelly was acquitted of taking the video in a 2008 Illinois state trial in which the alleged victim told a Cook County grand jury that the girl in the video was not her, reportedly under pressure from Kelly. She is now working with federal prosecutors.

Kelly is brought to court with Derrel McDavid, his former business manager. McDavid faces charges of conspiring with Kelly to bribe witnesses and destroy evidence in the 2008 trial and obstruction of justice.

Judge Harry Leinenweber will preside over the case.

Is R. Kelly in prison?

R. Kelly was previously held in a Brooklyn jail but was transferred to a Chicago detention center on July 12.

According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons inmate database, Kelly is currently an inmate at the Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center.

R. Kelly denies all current allegations of child pornography and child sexual exploitation, as well as the previous charges, for which he was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

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R. Kelly exits the Cook County courthouse on May 9, 2008 where jury selection was underway for his child pornography trial.
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Rick Schindler

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