R Kelly misses court hearing in Chicago after 'refusing transport'

Singer R. Kelly has missed a court hearing, with prosecutors claiming he"denied transportation" from jail.

The R&B star was due at a pre-trial hearing for his sex abuse case at Chicago, Illinois, on Thursday.

Kelly's lawyer said it was"not 100% true" that the singer had denied transport, but clarified that"moving Mr Kelly is a sizable undertaking".

The singer is currently facing several federal and state rates of sexual abuse in the US, which he denies.

The accusations include sexual assault, abuse of a minor, making indecent images of minors, racketeering and obstruction of justice.

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The hearing in Chicago lasted without Kelly, but the judge expressed frustration that the musician was absent.

"He has to be here," Judge Lawrence Flood told Kelly's lead defence lawyer Steve Greenberg.

Prosecutor Jennifer Gonzalez stated:"The defendant was brought to court today. This was worked out. The sheriffs were going to be bringing him over.

"As I know it, he denied transportation and so that's why the defendant is not before your honour today."

Greenberg argued that statement was"not 100% true" but did not expand on why Kelly had failed to make it out of the town's Metropolitan Correctional Centre.

"I do not need to talk about things that I spoke with the US Marshals Service in open court," Mr Greenberg said. "Suffice it to saythe Marshal Service claims that moving Mr Kelly is a sizable undertaking."

As no decision was taken on where Kelly would face fees first, Judge Flood had decided to proceed with a trial in Chicago.

-- Originally posted on BBC Entertainment 

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