R. Kelly seemed sad when he arrived in court on Wednesday for a status hearing in connection with an assault case.
The controversial singer, 52, hid his eyes behind dark sunglasses and made several tense expressions as he entered the Leighton Criminal Courts Building in Chicago flanked by a large entourage.
Apparently overwhelmed by his legal problems, the R&B star – who had been guilty of 11 new sex attacks earlier this month – seemed to be on the verge of tears because a small number of fans with supporting posters and posters turned out to be to be.
In the courtroom, prosecutors handed over a DVD that allegedly showed Kelly sex with a minor woman.
The footage – presumably filmed in the 1990s – was obtained by lawyer Michael Avenatti in February and allegedly shows the singer sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl.
R. Kelly seemed worried when he arrived on Wednesday at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building in Chicago for a status hearing regarding sexual assault
Appeared overwhelmed by his legal problems, the singer made a series of tense facial expressions and appeared on the verge of tears
The Grammy winner was dressed in a brown suit and dark sunglasses when he arrived in court, flanked by a retinue
The fire brigade lawyer, who represented porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Trump, reportedly shared the images with CNN.
During the hearing on Wednesday, Kelly's powerful attorneys argued that the video had been circulated before the criminal charges in the case were filed.
They suggested that courts should investigate how the footage was obtained and who shared it.
Judge Lawrence Flood – who presided over the hearing – said there could be criminal charges for anyone spreading the tape.
He also said that Kelly will probably be on trial next year for charges against sex.
Kelly's next hearing is scheduled for August 15.
A small number of R. Kelly fans arrived outside the court waving signs with an emphasis on the singer's innocence
Kelly has now been charged with a total of 21 assault charges and can face the rest of his life in prison
Wednesday's performance was the second time that Kelly came to court this month
Wednesday's performance was the second time that Kelly came to court this month.
On June 32 the Ignition singer appeared in the courtroom not to be guilty of 11 new assault charges.
Since February, Kelly has not pleaded guilty to 21 charges of sexual abuse for alleged abuse against four different women, three of whom were minors when the alleged crimes took place.
Among the 11 new counts are four counts of aggravated criminal assault, which has a sentence of up to 30 years in prison.
In January, several alleged Kelly victims talked about their experiences in the Lifetime documentary, Surviving R. Kelly.
In the courtroom, Kelly's legal team told the judge that it was illegal to distribute the sex lane before charges were filed
In January, several alleged Kelly victims talked about their experiences in the Lifetime documentary, Surviving R. Kelly
In March, the hit maker of I Believe I Can Fly went along with CBS & # 39; s Gayle King for an explosive interview in which he denied all allegations of abuse.
During the chat, the star flew in a fit of anger, stood up and yelled at anchor.
Speak with People magazine last week, King claimed that Kelly & # 39; off the rails & # 39; used to be.
& # 39; When he jumped out of the chair and hit, and he screams, and the saliva flies because he is angry, I thought: & # 39; You cannot respond in the same way. If you respond in kind, then we are both off the rails, & # 39;
Several of Kelly & # 39; s most dedicated fans turned out to support the punished star on Wednesday with signs and megaphones
The support of the group did not seem to lift Kelly & # 39; s spirit, as he seemed visibly tense while entering the court on Wednesday morning
Despite several charges brought against him, a number of Kelly fans support the star
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