R. Kelly Sues Ex Legal Team For Authorizing Jury Members That May Have Seen 'Surviving R. Kelly" Doc
Written by: Khalif Thompson
Today In Hip Hop News, just as we thought R. Kelly would refrain from resurfacing on our social media timelines, we were in fact wrong!
R. Kelly believes his prior legal team did not adequately represent him. In Brooklyn, New York, the jailed Chicago singer was convicted of sex offences.
According to a recent story from our close sources, Kelly submitted an affidavit criticizing his ex-legal team's work in selecting jurors for his sex offenses case.
According to R. Kelly, some jurors may have seen the horrific documentary Surviving R. Kelly.
“At certain points during jury selection, I did hear that some jurors may have seen the Surviving R. Kelly docuseries and that concerned me greatly,” Kelly wrote. “I raised my concerns with my attorneys but they shooed me off. I was nothing more than a bystander in the process. … There was no strategy involved in choosing the jurors that sat on my jury as far as I could tell. At least there was no trial strategy that involved my input.”
Kelly was found guilty on all counts in his racketeering and sex trafficking case in New York. On May 4, he will be sentenced and faces life in prison.
The trial of R. Kelly in Chicago has yet to begin. Kelly recruited Bill Cosby's attorneys in the hopes of reaching a different outcome than what he is battling in New York.
In a phone call with U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber on February 17, Kells stated that he wanted Jennifer Bonjean to defend him in the case, which is scheduled for a jury trial on August 1, 2022.
Kelly is facing federal child pornography and obstruction of justice accusations in Chicago.
In Cook County, Illinois, there are additional distinct aggravated criminal sexual abuse charges. Long-time colleagues Derrel McDavid and Milton "June" Brown are his co-defendants.