R Kelly’s lawyers warn they’ll ‘vigorously defend’ singer in sex abuse trialAugust 18, 2021
R Kelly’s lawyers have released a statement ahead of the first day of the singer’s sex trafficking trial.
The I Believe I Can Fly singer will appear at a New York court on Wednesday as the prosecution and defence state their opening arguments.
Kelly, full name Robert Kelly, and members of his entourage are accused of recruiting women and girls to engage in illegal sexual activity with the musician.
In a statement shared with Metro.co.uk, Kelly’s lawyer Thomas A Farinella said: ‘At this point, the public has only heard one side of the story in this case and that is about to change in the coming weeks.
‘We look forward to the truth and the facts coming to light as the defense will continue to vigorously defend Mr Kelly.’
Farinella added: ‘After all, the RICO “Enterprise” is based on a series of independent relationships and events that the Government is trying to patch together like different types of fabrics and trying to pass it off as silk.’
During the trial, prosecutors are confident they have evidence that the Grammy-winning singer ran a criminal scheme.
Kelly’s charges include racketeering based on sexual exploitation of children, kidnapping, forced labor and Mann Act violations. The Mann Act criminalises the transportation of ‘any woman or girl for the purpose of prostitution or debauchery, or for any other immoral purpose’.
The 54-year-old is also facing other similar charges of sexual exploitation of children in Illinois and Minnesota.
It comes after a source detailed R Kelly’s dire financial situation and how the singer was disappointed his celebrity friends didn’t help him with money.
The insider told us: ‘R Kelly had been holding out for industry support but now realises that no one is coming to save him.
‘He believed that some of his collaborators would support him financially but no one wants to be linked to him now that details of the allegations have been publicised.’
The insider added that R Kelly understands that his legacy, regardless of the outcome of the trial, has been tarnished and is unlikely to ever recover.
‘R Kelly is aware that his fan base has turned on him and that his time in the music industry will go down as one of its darkest chapters,’ they said.
The trial begins today.
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