The trial of R. Kelly, the R&B star who’s been locked up since 2019 awaiting trials in four separate cases, is set to begin Monday with jury selection as he faces multiple charges of sex trafficking and racketeering in a Brooklyn federal court. The charges in New York include child pornography, kidnapping, obstruction of justice, sex trafficking and racketeering for purposes of sexual exploitation of children. Prosecutors accuse the Grammy Award-winning singer of leading “a criminal enterprise” of managers, bodyguards and other employees, who allegedly helped Kelly recruit women and underage girls for sex and pornography, and to cross state lines for that purpose. Kelly, 54, has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him in all of the cases. The trial is projected to last about a month, with opening arguments scheduled to begin Aug. 18.
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