R. Kelly missed a court day on Thursday after he reportedly "refused transportation" from the prison.
According to NBC, the routine pretrial hearing, updating the judge on evidence and bail issues, went on without him, but the Cook County Judge Lawrence Flood demanded to know why the star was not in the courtroom.
"The defendant was to be brought to court today. That was all worked out. The sheriffs were going to be bringing him over," said Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Jennifer Gonzalez said.
"As I understand it, he refused transport and so that is why the defendant is not before your honor today," Gonzales said.
But his lawyer, Steven Greenberg, denied the claims:
"I don't want to discuss matters that I discussed with the U.S. Marshals Service in open court," Greenberg said. "Suffice it to say, the Marshal Service says that moving Mr. Kelly is a large undertaking."
The judge then set the shamed star's next court date in Chicago for Sept. 17 and told his team to ensure that Kelly is in attendance.