R. Kelly appears in court for brief hearing on sex-abuse case

CHICAGO -- R. Kelly appeared in Cook County Criminal Court Tuesday for another hearing in his sex abuse case.

The hearing lasted only about 10 minutes. Kelly was required to be there because he was a no-show at the last one. The judge set the next hearing date in the case for next month.

Kelly walked into the courthouse around 9 a.m. surrounded by his usual entourage. He was silent as he walked by news cameras and had nothing to say in court, letting his attorney, Steve Greenberg, do the talking.

Greenberg filed a motion asking the judge to order that all messages between prosecutors and attorney Michael Avenatti, who represents two of Kelly’s accusers, be preserved as evidence.

Greenberg believes there could be inappropriate coordination and communication leading up to the filing of charges against Kelly.

Rather than granting the motion, Judge Laurence Flood asked them to resolve it on their own, and the state agreed to do so. Kelly’s team of attorneys is still waiting to see the evidence the state has on their client.

Kelly’s attorneys received several documents Tuesday, but they still don’t have the video from one of the four cases.

He will be back in court Wednesday for his child support case.

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