R. Kelly did not appear in court because he reportedly refused transportation. According to VIBE, Kelly was a no-show at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in downtown Chicago on Thursday morning (August 15th).  

The singer’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, said that the U.S. Marshall Service expressed frustration about transporting the singer to court. However, the attorney did not share details while in court. He said, “Suffice it to say that the Marshals Service said moving Mr. Kelly is a large undertaking.”