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Disgraced singer R. Kelly has been ordered to appear via video conferencing at his arraignment on Wednesday to enter into a plea over a new bribery charge.

Steven Greenberg, Kelly's lead Chicago defense lawyer, attended court last week to ask permission from the court to allow Kelly to enter into his plea by writing since he's allegedly too scared to fly.

The request was odd as just a few months ago, Greenberg was requesting permission for Kelly to fly to Dubai and perform for their royal family.

But according to AllHipHop, prosecutors opposed the motion, and his well-documented illiteracy is the reason for them denying his request.

Kelly must now make an appearance via video during the hearing, which is now slated for Dec. 18.

Kelly bribery charge stems from his marriage to the late R&B singer, Aaliyah and feds say that he bribed an official in 1994 to allow a then-15 -year-old Aaliyah get a fake I.D., so he could legally marry her while she was still a minor.