The singer appeared at a status hearing Wednesday in Chicago.
The singer’s legal team alleged he was subjected to “cruel and unusual punishment.”
The judge in the case wanted to know why the singer was a no-show.
Singer pleaded not guilty to racketeering and sexual abuse charges.
Darrell Johnson made several disparaging comments about his client on ‘CBS This Morning.’
Lifetime docuseries is credited with renewing attention on allegations against R. Kelly.
The case is the latest legal setback for the embattled singer.
“Survivors walked through the fire and then stood again to tell this story,” Lifetime exec says.
“He’s still in denial,” Vanzant said during an appearance on “The Breakfast Club.”
Singer was previously charged in February with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.