R.Kelly Refuses Court Appearance

A Minnesota judge issued a bench warrant for the arrest of R&B singer R. Kelly on Thursday after the musician failed to appear for an initial court hearing in a case in which he’s accused of offering a 17-year-old girl $200 to take off her clothes and dance in 2001.

Kelly who is jailed in Chicago on sexual abuse and other charges — was charged in Minnesota in August for allegedly soliciting the girl after meeting her before a concert in Minneapolis.

During Thursday’s brief hearing, prosecutor Judith Cole told Judge Jay Quam that federal authorities in Illinois were “not willing to give us access to him” until his case there is resolved. The judge then issued a bench warrant as a formality.

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