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R. Kelly Wants Michael Jackson’s Defense Attorney on his Legal Team

R. Kelly is reportedly feeling optimistic about his upcoming sexual misconduct trial, and believes he’ll get a fair one. But he wants to enlist Michael Jackson’s former defense attorney just to be on the safe side.

The Blast reports that the disgraced singer wants Thomas Mesereau to join his criminal defense team. Mesereau is reportedly busy with a trial in Houston, but he connected with Kelly on a FaceTime call last month and he’s allegedly interested in taking on the role.

Mesereau led Jackson’s 2005 criminal trial in Santa Barbara County, and got him cleared on all charges including 4 counts of molesting a minor, 4 counts of intoxicating a minor to molest him, 1 count of attempted child molestation, 1 count of conspiring to hold the boy and his family captive, and conspiring to commit extortion and child abduction.

Jackson was found not guilty after Mesereau put together a powerful defense.

R. Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse in Chicago, is faced with the possibility of two federal indictments.

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R. Kelly Accuser Faith Rodgers Testifies In Front Of Federal Grand Jury In NYC

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Faith Rodgers, one of several women accusing R. Kelly of sexual assault and misconduct, testified in court this week in front of a federal grand jury in New York according to sources. There are two investigations pending in the state against the singer in addition to charges he faces in his home state of Illinois.

TMZ reports:

Sources close to the case tell TMZ … Faith Rodgers recently testified for a grand jury convened by U.S. Attorneys in the Southern District of New York, and we’re told more witnesses are expected to provide testimony against Kelly soon.

No way to know what Faith told the panel — federal grand jury proceedings are notoriously top secret — but she’s previously alleged Kelly gave her an STD and sued him last year for false imprisonment and sexual battery.

Faith was also featured in the Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly” … and afterward she claimed Kelly posted private photos of her and sent a notarized letter threatening to reveal details of her sex life in retaliation for her talking publicly.

As we’ve reported, there are 2 Kelly probes currently underway in New York — one by the Eastern District and another by the Southern District — which is in addition to another case the feds are building in Illinois.

The outlet snagged a comment from a crisis manager named Darrell Johnson who responded to the latest findings.

“Mr. Kelly feels like the devil is working overtime in effort to try to destroy his musical legacy for selfish, personal enrichment. We feel everything will line up right on track when it is all said and done,” Johnson stated.

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R. Kelly Drops Stacks To Avoid Future Child Support Drama

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R&B singer R. Kelly isn’t playing around. The crooner has reportedly paid months of child support in advance to avoid a nasty run-in with law enforcement.

According to reports, Kells recently dropped stacks to his ex-wife to deal with upcoming scheduled payments.

The disgraced singer’s crisis manager, Darrell Johnson, tells TMZ … Kelly’s family attorney, Lisa Damico, appeared in Chicago court Tuesday afternoon and paid $41,666 to cover June and July’s child support payments to his ex-wife, Drea Kelly. As for the $32k Kelly still owes in interest on back child support, no decision was made in court … but Johnson says they don’t plan on paying anyway. He tells us, “At no point in the foreseen future do we see paying interest of child support. As of May 14, 2019 Mr. Kelly is current on support payments.” (TMZ)

A few weeks ago, Kelly announced a rare nightclub gig and asked the media to take it easy on him.

In March, Kells hopped on Instagram with a birthday shout-out to his daughter.

Recently, Kells’ legal team couldn’t convince a judge to lower his child support payments.

Kelly’s publicist, Darryll Johnson, said Kelly has no assets to sell, not even his home at Trump Tower, because he rents the condo, and paid rent in advance several years ago. Johnson said he and Kelly’s attorneys are representing him for free. Wednesday’s hearing on the child support payments was sealed to the public, but Kelly’s attorneys confirmed afterward that there would be no change in those payments, and the next hearing has been scheduled for May 8. (Chicago CBS Local)

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R. Kelly Allegedly Stopped Paying His Daughter’s College Tuition, Claims He Thought She Dropped Out

R.Kelly continues to fall from grace. It was reported that the singer has neglected to pay his daughter’s college tuition. Kelly’s daughter Joann Lee was denied enrollment at a California college after she was told of these unpaid tuition bills. According to Lee, her father completely cut her off financially. In addition to tuition, he stopped paying rent for his daughter’s apartment and books. It is certainly a sad case when finances come in the way of a child’s education.

When asked about it, Kelly claims he stopped paying her bills because he assumed she dropped out of school. Darrell Johnson, Kelly’s Crisis Manager, says the Chicago native did not receive the correct documentation to fulfill his legal obligation. The “Ignition” artist is supposed to receive evidence of all college-related expenses in order to fulfill his obligation. Without documentation and lack of communication, he concluded his daughter was no longer enrolled.

Lee says she dropped out after lacking financial support. Kelly is obligated to pay for his children’s college-related expenses until they are 23 years of age. With a very distant and irreconcilable father-daughter relationship, it looks as if Lee can no longer look to her father for support. On the other hand, Lee is Kelly’s child. As a parent, it is a lifetime commitment to willingly guide, support and teach your child the ways of independence.

In his emotionally distressed interview with Gayle King back in March, the Pied Pieper of R&B admitted to being a “broke a** legend.”

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R. Kelly’s Daughter Says Pied Piper Of Past Due Bills Stopped Paying Her College Tuition

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R. Kelly continues to be outed as an alleged cretin of the highest form. In the latest, the Pied Piper of Past Due Bills was put on blast by his daughter, who claims he stopped paying her college tuition.

Reports TMZ:

Sources close to the situation tell TMZ … Joann Lee, aka Buku Abi, was attending a California art school until last Fall when she tried signing up for classes for the next semester but got denied because of an unpaid bill.

Kelly’s on the hook for Joann’s tuition and education expenses until she turns 23 — per his child support agreement with ex-wife Drea — but her side claims he cut her off without warning last year … and she was forced to drop out.

We’re told Kelly also stopped paying for the apartment Joann was living in while going to school so she had to move out, and she had to pay for her own books for a while because he stopped doing that too.

Of course, R’uh sees things differently.

Kelly’s Crisis Manager, Darrell Johnson, tells us … Kelly’s requirement to pay for her education is predicated on him receiving billing statements and proof of expenses … and he claims he never got them.

Kelly allegedly believed Joann chose to drop out of school and that’s why he stopped getting bills. Johnson says Drea never produced any documentation or proof that Joann got kicked out of school either.

Our sources say Joann wants to return to college and will be seeking financial support from her father. Whether or not he’s got the money is another story.

Joann is currently estranged from her father, all things considered.

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R. Kelly Sex Assault Hotline Besieged By Clout Chasers?

R. Kelly Back In Court For Aggravated Sexual Abuse Charges

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At the top of the year, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx established a hotline for the alleged victims of R. Kelly to report any sexual misconduct or wrongdoing. The hotline has been slammed with calls of folks boasting of their sexual experiences with the R&B singer along with men claiming they have dirt on him as well.


TMZ
reports:

Sources close to the case tell TMZ … the hotline Kim Foxx set up in January for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office — so alleged Kelly victims could report their claims — is being exploited by folks who want to report something else — their sexual experiences with him.

We’re told the hotline has gotten dozens of calls from mostly women, who phone in to inform prosecutors they slept with Kelly … with some bragging about it or detailing multiple trysts.

Our sources say some men called in as well … to gossip about women they know that allegedly banged Kelly.

Despite a large number of callers, much of what was shared on the hotline has been deemed irrelevant and thus can’t be used to bring further charges against Kelly.

The singer is already embroiled in one sexual assault lawsuit case along with three other women bringing official charges.

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I Believe I Can’t Read: R. Kelly’s Lawyers Say Singer Ignored Lawsuit Because He Couldn’t Read Docs

R. Kelly Returns To Court For Hearing On Sex Abuse Allegations

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R. Kelly is currently in the legal fight of his life but he might have given himself a lifeline by way of him being unable to read. The R&B singer’s lawyers say Kelly ignored a sexual assault lawsuit matter because he was unable to read the documents.

Page Six reports:

R. Kelly spent much of Wednesday in court, with his lawyer explaining to one judge that the singer didn’t respond to a lawsuit brought by one of his sexual abuse accusers because he is illiterate and with Kelly paying $62,000 in back child support during a second hearing.

At the first hearing, Judge Moira Johnson vacated a default judgment she made against Kelly after the singer failed to respond to a lawsuit brought by one of the four women he’s charged with sexually abusing. Johnson reinstated the lawsuit after one of Kelly’s attorneys explained that the singer was in jail when he was served with the lawsuit documents and that Kelly didn’t respond because he can’t read.

Kelly still has to face his accuser’s lawsuit claims, to which he has already pleaded not guilty.

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R. Kelly Delivers $62,000 Check in Child Support Court

The last two days for R. Kelly have been filled with court proceedings. After going to court Tuesday for his criminal sexual abuse charges, Kells returned Thursday for child support, resulting in a $62,000 payment.

TMZ details the “Step in the Name of Love” singer’s visit to Cook County court would once again bring him opposed of his ex-wife, Andrea Kelly in a child support case. Last time R. Kelly went to court for child support he ended up being sent to jail for failing to pay the $161,000 he owed. Since then, he missed the payments for the last three months but delivered a check for $62,499.

“This is a victory for my children,” Andrea Kelly stated.

R. Kelly still owes Andrea Kelly $32,000 in interest after the payment. She is also asking for educational support for their 21-year-old daughter, Joann, who identifies as Buku Abi.

In his sex abuse case, attorneys for R. Kelly requested copies of the tapes being used as evidence against him.

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R. Kelly’s Legal Nightmares Intensify W/ Grand Jury On Deck

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Chicago singer R. Kelly is still public enemy number one. New reports claim prosecutors in Illinois are inching closer and closer to having a grand jury convene on his alleged involvement in sex trafficking.

According to reports, Kells and his team could have some serious legal woes around the corner based on witness testimony.

Law enforcement sources tell us federal prosecutors from the Northern District of Illinois will convene a grand jury later this month and offer up witness testimony detailing how Kelly allegedly bought plane tickets and set up hotel rooms for underage girls. We’re told prosecutors will also present emails and text messages that show the coordination Kelly’s team used to set up the travel. Additionally, physical evidence will be presented … which our sources say will include semen-stained clothing. (TMZ)

According to recent reports, feds and prosecutors in Illinois had focused on finding sex tape footage connected to Kells.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois is interviewing parties closely associated with Kelly. We’re told prosecutors have been asking about the possible existence of VHS tapes purportedly showing Kelly having sex with minors.Rumors about an alleged stash of R. Kelly sex tapes have been floating around since Kelly went to trial on child porn charges back in 2008, but it’s never been found … not by law enforcement, anyway. (TMZ)

In March,, Kells hopped on Instagram with a birthday shout-out to his daughter.

Recently, Kells’ legal team couldn’t convince a judge to lower his child support payments.

Kelly’s publicist, Darryll Johnson, said Kelly has no assets to sell, not even his home at Trump Tower, because he rents the condo, and paid rent in advance several years ago. Johnson said he and Kelly’s attorneys are representing him for free. Wednesday’s hearing on the child support payments was sealed to the public, but Kelly’s attorneys confirmed afterward that there would be no change in those payments, and the next hearing has been scheduled for May 8. (Chicago CBS Local)

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R. Kelly Challenged Michael Avenatti’s Sex Tape Claims In Court Today

R. Kelly Back In Court For Aggravated Sexual Abuse Charges

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R. Kelly made his way to court Tuesday (May 7) to battle claims made by attorney Michael Avenatti, who says he was given a pair of sex tapes showing Kelly engaging in sexual acts with underage girls. Kelly’s side is fighting the claims, saying that Avenatti manipulated and conspired with Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx into bringing this case to light and wants the alleged footage tossed.

TMZ reports:

The embattled singer is trying to blow up the sex tape by suggesting something fishy was going on between Avenatti and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. In R. Kelly’s legal docs, he notes Avenatti has publicly claimed to have had repeated conversations with Foxx, and based on what happened in the Jussie Smollett case, he describes the prosecutor as someone who is “able to be influenced and wowed.”

He goes on to allege there are questions to suggest Foxx was “bullied or just simply manipulated by Avenatti.”

Avenatti previously came forward with 2 sex tapes he claims show Kelly having sex with a 14-year-old girl … and Kelly’s legal team wanted to know more about Avenatti’s relationship with Foxx, saying they were concerned Avenatti might have “bullied or simply manipulated” Foxx.

A live feed from courthouse can be viewed below.

In an update, Kelly’s lawyers were told by the judge to come back and explain why they beleive Avenatti and Foxx are conspiring.

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