R. Kelly a no-show in court on Minnesota solicitation charge

R. Kelly a no-show in court on Minnesota solicitation charge
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Singer R. Kelly did not show for a court hearing on his Minnesota solicitation charge, The Associated Press reported.

The 52-year-old R&B singer, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is in jail in Chicago after he was indicted there on multiple sex crime charges for allegedly abusing underage girls. He faces charges of child prostitution and solicitation in Minnesota. 

The prosecutors told Judge Jay Quam that federal authorities were "not willing to give us access to him" until they finished the case there. The judge issued a bench warrant as part of protocol, The Associated Press reported.

Prosecutors in Minnesota allege that Kelly offered a 17-year-old girl $200 to take her clothes off and dance for him in 2001, according to The Associated Press. The girl called a tip line in Chicago prompting the charges, the Minnesota Star-Tribune reported

Steve Greenberg, Kelly's attorney, has previously called these charges "beyond absurd." He was not present at the hearing, and Kelly's lawyers did not file any paperwork ahead of the hearing after the singer was summoned in August, the Minnesota Star-Tribune reported.

Kelly will be ordered to appear in Minnesota following the federal case, but if he is convicted, it is unknown if he will attend court in the state, USA Today reported.