R KELLY BACK IN COURT

The star is greeted by cheering fans as he leaves the courthouse...

R Kelly made a brief appearance in a CHICAGO court yesterday (August 7) to face child pornography charges.

Following a five-minute hearing, Cook County Judge Vincent Michael Gaughan set the next hearing for September 20.

R Kelly was greeted by upwards of 100 cheering fans as he left the courthouse.

The star faces 21 charges of child pornography. The charges stem from a videotape that is said to show the embattled star having sex with a 14-year-old girl. The 26-minute tape was sent anonymously to the Chicago Sun-Times in February and the paper turned it over to the police.

The tape allegedly depicts R Kelly and the girl in a room engaged in various sex acts. There are seven prosecutable acts under Illinois child pornography laws, involving intercourse, oral sex, urination, masturbation, exhibition, fondling and other sexual contact. For each of these acts R Kelly is charged with videotaping them, performing them in the videotape and enticing a minor to participate in them.