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R. Kelly replaced juror in sex abuse trial after panic attack in courtroom

A juror participating in R. Kelly’s second sexual abuse trial in Chicago was replaced on Monday after suffering a panic attack during closing arguments.

The juror, described as a white woman who works for a public library, was excused by the judge around 3:30 p.m., hours after prosecutors and defense attorneys began their closing arguments, according to NBC News.

“I was told she said she couldn’t go on another minute,” U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber told the court, before replacing the woman, juror 44, with juror 83, described in reports as a white male.

Main image, R. Kelly is pictured September 17, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The inset image shows files during a court appearance for Kelly on June 26, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. A juror was fired from Kelly’s latest trial after suffering a panic attack in the courtroom.
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Chicago Grandstand Journalist Jason Meisner tweeted on Monday that the outgoing juror “said during jury selection that she had seen the headlines about Kelly’s allegations but had not seen [the documentary] Surviving R. Kelly.”

“Leinenweber says the juror reported that she doesn’t think ‘she can go on another minute’ and that waiting until nightfall wouldn’t help,” added Meisner. “She would be replaced by an alternate, juror #83, a white male in his 60s.”

Assistant US Attorney Elizabeth Pozolo on Monday accused Kelly of committing “horrific crimes against children”, before relying on the help of his business associates to cover up actions he knew were “completely damning “, according to NBC News.

Kelly, full name Robert Sylvester Kelly, is on trial alongside his former business manager, Derrel McDavid, and business partner, Milton “June” Brown.

McDavid and Brown were charged with conspiring to bribe and intimidate witnesses in an attempt to conceal evidence relating to a 2008 criminal trial for child pornography in Cook County, Illinois.

In June, Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison in New York after being found guilty of nine counts of sex trafficking and federal racketeering. Lawyers for Kelly, who has denied any wrongdoing, have announced their intention to appeal the decision.

Kelly is currently in the final stages of a second federal trial, charged with child pornography, child sexual exploitation and conspiracy to defraud the United States. As with her previous accusations, Kelly denies all the allegations.

R. Kelly replaced juror in sex abuse trial after panic attack in courtroom
R. Kelly, right, is pictured with his attorney, Steven Greenberg, Sept. 17, 2019, in Chicago, Illinois.
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In August, Kelly’s fiancée, Joycelyn Savage, 26, said she was five months pregnant and expecting a daughter with the 55-year-old musician, despite her lawyer, Jennifer Bonjean, who previously denied a recent claim. in a book that the two were having a baby together.

In response, a “very excited” Savage shared an ultrasound with Entertainment Tonight and explained that Kelly’s attorney “didn’t know that before he went to jail Robert and I were doing IVF because I was told at the time that I could ‘I don’t have a baby.’

Kelly was previously incarcerated in a Brooklyn jail, but was transferred to a Chicago detention center on July 12 before the start of the trial.

According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons inmate database, Kelly is currently being held at the Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center.


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