R. Kelly appeared in a Chicago courtroom Friday, seeking permission to travel to promote his upcoming Happy People album. Once granted, the singer promptly announced he's headlining New York radio station Hot 97's Summer Jam concert on June 12 at Giants Stadium.
About a year ago Kelly had asked the court to let him travel outside its jurisdiction to headline that same annual radio concert, but once it turned out he wasn't actually scheduled to perform, Judge Vincent Gaughan admonished him for misleading the court and then denied permission for Kelly's other travel requests, including a trip to Los Angeles to shoot a video.
Though a number of motions in Kelly's child-pornography case — many filed in December — remain to be argued, the case was continued until August 13. A spokesperson for the state attorney's office said prosecutors expect several issues to be addressed at the next hearing, including arguments about forensic video analysis of the infamous sex tape as well as proposed expert witnesses (see "R. Kelly Team Steps Up Call For Dismissal Of Porn Charges").
For the most complete overview yet of the case against R. Kelly, see our feature "R. Kelly: When the Gavel Drops," and be sure to tune in to "R. Kelly: When the Gavel Drops" on Friday at 9:30 p.m., Saturday at 12:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., and Sunday at 4 p.m. and midnight.
For full coverage of the R. Kelly case, see The R. Kelly Reports.