Judge Plans R. Kelly's Travel Schedule
Grammy-winning R&B star R. Kelly cannot go to Los Angeles to film a music video, but he can go there to attend the BET Awards and perform at an upcoming concert, Chicago Cook County Judge Vincent Michael Gaughan ruled on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports.
Kelly (first name Robert), 36, has been free on bond since he was indicted on 21 child pornography charges a year ago, but he has not been permitted to leave the Chicago area without legal permission. His charges stem from a videotape purportedly showing him having sex with an underage girl. Kelly has denied any wrongdoing.
Kelly asked to go to L.A. to produce a video for a song off of an upcoming album. But the jurist insisted that Kelly's legal team presented no reasons why he couldn't produce a video with technology and creative resources in the musician's native Chicago.
But Kelly will be allowed to fly west for the June 24 Black Entertainment Television Awards, where he is nominated in two categories.
The judge, saying that barring Kelly from the awards show or an upcoming charity concert would "do more harm than good," also gave him permission to go to Dallas for a music benefit for the families of soldiers injured or killed in the Iraqi war, says the news service.
Prosecutors have continued to oppose Kelly's leaving town for any reason. The musician, who appeared at the hearing Wednesday, reportedly remained silent throughout.
No trial date has been set for Kelly's indictment. If convicted, he could face 15 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.