Arrest warrant issued for R. Kelly after he failed to attend court hearing

He was due in court on Thursday afternoon.
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A warrant for the arrest of singer R. Kelly has been issued by a Hennepin County judge after he failed to attend a court hearing Thursday.

Kelly has been charged with prostitution and soliciting a minor in connection with an incident involving an autograph hunter in July 2001.

However, Kelly is currently being held in custody in Illinois as he awaits trial for 13 federal child pornography charges.

Per FOX 9, the U.S. Attorney in Illinois and Kelly's defense attorney didn't want Kelly to attend the hearing in Minneapolis.

Kelly is charged with two counts, one of engaging in prostitution with an individual under 18 years of age, and one for hiring or offering to hire for sexual purposes with a person under 18.

The event occurred in July 2001, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said, with the victim older than 16 but younger than 18 at the time.

He says she was attempting to obtain an autograph in downtown Minneapolis, which Kelly gave to her along with a phone number.

When she called him she was directed to go to his hotel, where she was met by a member of his staff and "ushered up to a hotel suite."

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Kelly allegedly offered her $200 to take her clothes off and dance before him. She accepted it, and they proceeded to dance, with "sexual contact" occurring during this encounter.

After the encounter, he gave the girl VIP tickets to his show in Minneapolis.

According to CNN, the federal indictments Kelly is facing allege that he recruited women for sex, persuaded people to conceal that he had sexual contact with teenage girls and spent huge sums buying back videotapes of him sexually assaulting at least four girls.

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