R. Kelly is back in Chicago and is scheduled to start the judicial process in his child pornography case on June 26.
The singer returned to his hometown Friday morning (June 7) and turned himself over to authorities, according to a spokesperson for the Chicago Police Department. He was processed and had a hearing where he was ordered to post an additional $750,000 bond. His first court date is set for 9 a.m. on June 26 when evidence will be presented and a trial date will possibly be determined.
Wednesday evening, Kelly was apprehended by the Polk County, Florida, sheriff's office after the Cook County state attorney's office handed down an indictment on the singer, charging him with 21 counts of child pornography earlier in the day (see [article id="1455010"]"R. Kelly Arrested On 21 Counts Of Child Pornography" [/article]). Thursday afternoon in Polk County, Kelly had a hearing where a judge allowed him to post $750,000 bail after he refused extradition to Chicago (see [article id="1455047"]" R. Kelly Free On Bail As Detailed Charges Emerge" [/article]). As stipulated in his deal with the Polk County courts, Kelly cannot have any contact with minors other than his own children or blood relatives and was not permitted to leave Florida without his attorney.
For a feature interview with R. Kelly discussing the accusations against him, see "R. Kelly: In His Own Words."
For full coverage of the R. Kelly sex tape scandal, see The R. Kelly Reports.