R+B star R Kelly's pre-trial hearing on child pornography charges has been pushed back by a week.

The IGNITION singer arrived at a Chicago, Illinois, court on Friday (07OCT05) to learn that the hearing was postponed until this Friday (14OCT05).

It is thought that Kelly's case will likely be further delayed in the coming months since his lawyer, ED GENSON, is also counsel in the trial of former Illinois Governor George Ryan, which promises to be an epic courtroom battle lasting for months, reports MTV News.

Ryan was indicted in 2003 on 18 federal racketeering, fraud and conspiracy charges stemming from a decade-long scandal involving the illegal sale of government licenses, contracts and leases.