R. Kelly yelled through tears in a recent TV interview before an audience numbering in the millions, saying he's in a fight for his life to disprove sexual abuse charges. That fight will ultimately be waged in court, with an audience numbering just 12 jurors. While the day lawyers deliver opening statements to jurors inside a Cook County courtroom is still many months or even years away, court filings and comments by his lead attorney after the R&B star was charged in February provide clues about an emerging legal strategy. Based on comments by Kelly and his attorney, they intend to question the veracity of his accusers and argue that, if he had sex with them, it was consensual and he thought they were of age. His attorney has also signaled he may push to have some counts tossed on grounds statutes of limitation ran out or because some are too closely related to crimes for which Kelly was acquitted at his 2008 child pornography trial. Kelly, 52, was right in more ways than one when … [Read more...] about R. Kelly Defense Strategy Emerges, Including Saying Accusers Are Lying
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R. Kelly's former lawyer, who headed the singer's successful defense against child pornography charges in 2008, said the embattled R&B star was "guilty as hell" in that case, according to a report. Attorney Ed Genson, now in his late 70s and facing a diagnosis of terminal cancer, spoke with the Chicago Sun-Times about the case. "I’ve been a lawyer 54 years," Genson told the Sun-Times. "Ninety-nine percent criminal cases. I’ve represented entertainers, represented people connected to organized crime, represented professional criminals. I’ve represented guilty people, I represent innocent people." "I can say whatever I want, but we’ve got to do it fast,” he continued, according to the Sun-Times. "It would be nice to get it down so somebody knows besides me." As far as R. Kelly is concerned, Genson told the Sun-Times that he "was guilty as hell," adding, "I don’t think he’s done anything inappropriate for years. I’ll tell you a secret: I … [Read more...] about R. Kelly Was ‘Guilty as Hell’ Says Ex-Lawyer: Report
SINGER R Kelly has been at the centre of sexual misconduct allegations and has sparked fresh outrage after announcing a string of new concert performances. We explain if he is on tour, if he is in Australia and if he is still under investigation. Is R Kelly touring? The R&B singer tweeted, “New tour alert” adding “see y’all soon!” on Tuesday February 5. The tweet featured a photo of him with the caption: “Coming soon to Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.” He previously denied he was going on tour in Australia. The tweet has since been deleted. Is R Kelly in Australia? It was rumoured late last year that R Kelly was going to go Down Under, but would have a hard time obtaining a visa, the Daily Mail Australia. Promoter company Big Music Tour confirmed last month that R Kelly would be coming to Australia. A spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia: “We can confirm we are bringing R Kelly to Australia, our focus remains on his incredible … [Read more...] about Is R Kelly touring, is he still in Australia and is he under investigation over Surviving R Kelly claims?
R. Kelly has been dropped by Sony after 18 years with the record company, Variety reports. This comes after the six-part documentary series, "Surviving R. Kelly," aired on Lifetime. The series explores over 25 years of sexual abuse allegations with interviews from Kelly's alleged victims, their families, as well as some members of his family, including his ex-wife Andrea Kelly. When the film was originally ordered, it was only supposed to be a 90-minute documentary, but the interviews quickly grew beyond 50 people. At that point, producers had no choice but to turn the film into a series.Since the series has been released several artists have apologized for working with Kelly and have removed their collaborations from streaming services, including Lady Gaga and Celine Dion.Kelly has been previously charged with 21 counts of child pornography in 2002 after a videotape surfaced showing Kelly and a 14-year-old girl having sex. The charges were dropped in 2008 after the … [Read more...] about R. Kelly and Sony Records have parted ways
John Koblin and Michael M. Grynbaum, New York Times 6:40 am PDT, Thursday, October 25, 2018 FILE - This Sept. 21, 2017 file photo shows Megyn Kelly on the set of her show, "Megyn Kelly Today" at NBC Studios in New York. Kelly is apologizing to her NBC News colleagues for questioning why dressing up in blackface for a Halloween costume is wrong. She faced a swift backlash for her morning show segment on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, and wrote later that she realized that such behavior is wrong. She says she’s never been a “PC” kind of person, but does understand that she needs to be more sensitive on issues of race and ethnicity. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File) less FILE - This Sept. 21, 2017 file photo shows Megyn Kelly on the set of her show, "Megyn Kelly Today" at NBC Studios in New York. Kelly is apologizing to her NBC News colleagues for questioning why dressing up in ... more Photo: … [Read more...] about Megyn Kelly Skips ‘Today’ as Questions Mount Over Her Future at NBC