R. Kelly Strip Tease Warrant – An arrest warrant has been issued for R. Kelly after the singer failed to attend a Minneapolis court hearing on Thursday on charges that he allegedly paid a teenage girl to strip and dance for him in 2001.
The embattled R&B singer, 52, was scheduled to appear in court at 1:30 p.m., although neither he nor an attorney was present, the Star-Tribune reported.
According to the newspaper, Kelly is currently in custody in Illinois, where he faces federal child pornography charges.
Hennepin County District Attorney spokesman Chuck Laszewski told USA Today that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois had told the Minneapolis judge that the singer (born Robert Sylvester Kelly) would not be made available for the hearing.
Senior Hennepin County Attorney Judith Cole said neither federal authorities nor Kelly’s lawyers wanted the singer to cross state lines, the Star-Tribune reported.
Laszewski has said the likely result of the warrant is that Kelly will be ordered to appear in Minnesota court following the conclusion his federal case in Illinois, according to the newspaper.
In August, Kelly was charged with two sex crimes in Minnesota after allegedly paying a teen girl $200 to dance nude back in 2001.
According to the criminal complaint, the girl, who has not been named, first met Kelly when she approached the singer for his autograph outside of a Minneapolis venue.
In addition to his signature, the singer allegedly also included a phone number.
After calling the number, the girl was invited to a hotel, where she met with the star and was offered “$200 to dance,” according to the complaint. Kelly then “helped her remove her clothing” and “took off his clothes as well.”
Authorities in Minnesota first became aware of the alleged incident in January, when the woman contacted a law enforcement hotline, according to the criminal complaint.