R. Kelly Gets Judge’s OK To Leave State For Club Date

Lawyer argues Miami show is a means to earn income.

R. Kelly has been granted permission by a judge presiding over his child pornography trial to leave Chicago and make an appearance at a Miami nightclub this weekend.

The Associated Press reports that at a hearing held on Friday (August 30), Kelly’s lawyer Edward Genson lobbied for his client’s out-of-state trek, arguing that it was a means for Kelly to earn income. The judge adhered to the request on grounds that Kelly surrender his passport. The judge also reminded the R&B singer that he could not come into any contact with minors.

Kelly, who is due back in court on September 20, was indicted on 21 counts of child pornography in June (see “R. Kelly Arrested On 21 Counts Of Child Pornography” ). He pleaded not guilty to all charges later that month (see “R. Kelly Pleads Not Guilty To Child Pornography Charges” ). (Click for a full explanation of the charges.)

For a feature interview with R. Kelly discussing the charges against him, see “R. Kelly: In His Own Words.”

For full coverage of the R. Kelly sex tape scandal, see The R. Kelly Reports.