The legal issues continue to pile up for singer R. Kelly, who was supposed to show up in court Thursday for a hearing in Minnesota but didn’t because he’s incarcerated in Chicago, TMZ reports.
The report quotes Kelly’s attorney, Steven Greenberg, saying: “They never came to get him, wtf was he supposed to do, telepathically transport himself?”
Kelly is reportedly facing two charges in the Minnesota case — engaging in prostitution with someone under 18, and hiring/offering/agreeing to hire someone for sexual contact. After he failed to show up for the 1:30 p.m. hearing in Hennepin County Court, the judge issued a bench warrant for his arrest, TMZ reports.
Kelly is in the Chicago Correctional Center on federal sex crimes, the website notes.
“The Minnesota D.A.’s Office tells TMZ … prosecutors there are aware the federal authorities in the Northern District of Illinois are unwilling to give them access to Kelly until his federal case is resolved,” TMZ reports. “Still, the bench warrant was issued. At a point, how many times can you be jailed, right? When you’re in once, you’re in.”