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R. Kelly Defaults On Chicago Sex Abuse Lawsuit


R. Kelly’s legal and financial woes are getting worse.

A Chicago judge ruled Tuesday that the R&B star defaulted on a civil lawsuit filed by a woman who claims he lured her into a sex in 1998 when she was 16.

Kelly hasn’t appeared in court to defend himself from the suit since it was filed by plaintiff Heather Williams, who says she met the embattled singer on a Chicago street.

Judge Moira S. Johnson granted the default judgement against the “I Believe I Can Fly” crooner after he was absent from yet another hearing in the case.

The case will be up for a final hearing on March 10, Williams’ lawyer told The Post.

The ruling came just days after Kelly’s former landlord in Chicago sued the singer alleging that he owes $3.4 million in back rent for his studio space, court records show.

Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is still scheduled for an April trial in Chicago federal court on charges of creating and possessing child pornography and sexual exploitation of a minor.

But Steve Greenberg, Kelly’s lawyer for his criminal cases in Chicago and Illinois, said the Windy City trial date is likely to be postponed.

Greenberg said the delay is due to the fact that Kelly was hit on Feb. 14 with fresh federal charges that he sexually abused another minor victim over a four-year period starting when she was 14 or 15 years old.

Kelly will be arraigned on the new indictment on March 5.

After facing a Windy City jury, Kelly is scheduled to go to trial in July in Brooklyn federal court on racketeering, sex-trafficking and bribery charges.

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