Judge Won't Dismiss R Kelly Charges



Singer R Kelly is a step closer to trial after a judge refused to dismiss charges in a three-year old case against him for allegedly engaging in videotaped sex acts with an underage girl. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to 14 counts of child pornography. Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan rejected defence arguments that prosecutors have been too vague about when the alleged crime took place, said county state's attorney spokeswoman Marcy Jensen.

Prosecutors claim the video was made sometime between January 1998 and October 2000. They cut 18 months off their original timeframe of November 1997 to February 2002 after a judge agreed in June that the span was too broad.

Defence lawyer Ed Genson did not return a call for comment after business hours Friday.

Kelly, whose first name is Robert, won a Grammy for the song I Believe I Can Fly. He's also known for songs such as Bump N' Grind and Ignition.

The next court date was set for December 9.

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