R. Kelly’s legal issues have been mounting across the United States. Now another element has been added to the proceedings. According to TMZ, an arrest warrant was issued for him after he failed to show up in court in Minnesota for another sex crimes case. Kelly missed a hearing that was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Thursday at Hennepin County Court. He was unable to make the proceedings due to being locked up in Chicago for federal sex crimes. In Minnesota, he’s facing two charges of engaging in prostitution with someone under 18 and soliciting someone for sexual contact.
The D.A.’s office in Minnesota said that the prosecutors on the case are well-aware that he’s locked up in Illinois. Federal prosecutors in Illinois have told them that they won’t release R. Kelly until the federal case is done with. Nonetheless, the judge decided to issue a bench warrant.
Kelly’s attorney, Steven Greenberg, thinks the bench warrant scenario is ridiculous. “They never came to get him, wtf was he supposed to do, telepathically transport himself?”