Singer at Court – level 2

23-04-2020 07:00

R. Kelly is a famous R&B singer and Grammy-award winner. He is facing serious charges in several US states, which include child pornography or sex-trafficking.

In 2008, there was a trial with Kelly, and prosecutors say that the singer tried to threaten some witnesses and pay money to them.

Kelly is facing charges in his hometown of Chicago, in New York, and in Minnesota. The date of his New York trial was July 7; however, the judge pushed it back until September. Police keep Kelly in Chicago, where he has stayed since July 2019.

Kelly´s lawyer asked the judge to release Kelly because of the coronavirus; however, the judge did not do it. The judge worried that Kelly could make some witnesses change what they say, which already happened in the past. The singer said that he did nothing wrong.

Difficult words: face charges (when a lawyer officially says that somebody did something wrong), sex-trafficking (when someone moves people to different countries or places and these people must have sex with customers), prosecutor (a lawyer who tries to brings charges against someone, and he tries to prove at court that the person did something wrong).

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