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R. Kelly gets COVID-19 vaccine

OHMYGOSSIP — R. Kelly has received his COVID-19 vaccination.
The ‘Ignition’ hitmaker is currently being held in an Illinois prison whilst he awaits trial in both Chicago and New York on charges including sexually abusing underage girls, producing child pornography, and destroying evidence.
And on Saturday (27.02.21) it was reported the musician has become one of 63 inmates at Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Centre to be fully inoculated against COVID-19, after he received both his vaccinations.
According to TMZ, Kelly had his first vaccine in January, and received his second dose earlier this month.
The news of his vaccination comes as the 47-year-old music mogul filed to be released from prison on two separate occasions last year amid his concerns about the pandemic, but was unsuccessful both times.
Kelly is set to go on trial for child pornography charges in September this year, after the date was moved several times due to the ongoing health crisis.
The ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ singer – who has previously pleaded not guilty to federal charges relating to having sex with underage girls and allegedly bribing potential witnesses at his 2008 trial to change their stories – has been in jail since he was arrested in July 2019.
He is also facing sex trafficking and racketeering charges in New York, for which he is due to stand trial on 7 April, and state charges in both Illinois and Minnesota.
It was previously ruled the jurors in the the New York trial will be anonymous.
US District Judge Ann Donnelly wrote in her ruling: “The government has established that empanelling an anonymous and partially sequestered jury is warranted.”
The judge declared that marshals will escort jurors in and out of the Brooklyn federal courthouse each day and sequester them during all breaks to protect them from outside influence, although they will still be able to go home at the end of the day.
Donnelly made her decision based on the allegations in Kelly’s indictment that accuse the shamed singer of heading up a criminal enterprise for 24 years designed “to promote the defendant’s music, to recruit women and girls to engage in illegal sexual activity with the defendant and to produce child pornography”.
The decision was also influenced by Kelly’s handling of his Chicago case, where he allegedly silenced witnesses through bribes, blackmail and threats.
Donnelly is also said to be worried about the singer’s public profile, and the potential for social media to become “a tool for the harassment and intimidation of the jurors should their identities be made public”.

Source: VacationHunter.Online
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