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R. Kelly’s Legal Team Petitions for New Trial and Acquittal

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R. Kelly is hoping to receive a new trial in Chicago. He would also be open to acquittal in a new request from the disgraced singer and his legal team filed last Tuesday (Nov. 15).

R. Kelly was convicted in September on child pornography and sex abuse-related charges. His lead attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, filed the motion that is believed to be denied by the judge. The arguments will be heard in the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Bonjean petitioned Judge Harry Leinenweber for acquittal on all counts due to several technical factors, including the videotape from the 2008 crime was not able to be proved to be for the use of child pornography, while also stating there is no proof the tape crossed state lines.

Bonjean also asked for a new trial due to misstatements by the first witness, Dr. Darrel Turner, who provided testimony on the grooming of underage victims.

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R. Kelly To Pay Victims Over $300K After Jail Balance Was Seized

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Disgraced singer R.Kelly has been in a long string of news for his trials over the last couple of years, where his funds have taken a beating. In fact, a new, hefty bill now awaits the embattled singer. R. Kelly has been ordered to pay over $309,000 in restitution to two victims that testified in […]

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R. Kelly Convicted Of Federal Child Pornography Charges In Chicago

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R. Kelly was found guilty by a federal grand jury earlier today, Sept 14, on child pornography charges for videotaping himself having sex with his 14 year old goddaughter over 2 decades ago. However, he was not found guilty for charges of conspiring to obstruct justice in his 2002 criminal case.

According to the Chicago Tribune, after only 11 hours of deliberation, the jury found Kelly guilty of three counts of child pornography and child enticement. However, Kelly was acquitted of 6 counts of obstruction of justice, and one count of conspiracy to receive child pornography.

Kelly’s co-defendants, Milton “June” Brown, former employee of Kelly, and Derrel McDavid, his former business manager, were also acquitted on charges of conspiring to receive child pornography and conspiring to obstruct Kelly’s 2002 case.

Kelly had been indicted in 2019 on charges relating to producing and receiving child pornography, enticing minors for sex, and obstruction of justice. His two co-defendants, Brown and McDavid, were charged with helping Kelly cover up his crimes.

Kelly’s convictions come just a few months after received a 30 year prison sentence after being found guilty by a New York jury for sex trafficking and racketeering.

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Juror Dismissed From R. Kelly’s Trial After Having a Panic Attack

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A bit of drama ensued at R. Kelly’s trial in Chicago as a juror suffered a panic attack during a court break. According to TMZ, the juror, a white female, had a panic attack after the prosecution’s closing argument.

The woman was dismissed after the judge was told she “couldn’t last another minute.” In her place a white male stepped in her place. He also reportedly has not seen Surviving R. Kelly.

In the prosecutor’s close, R. Kelly was labeled a sexual predator who used his celebrity status as a tool to abuse minors. The defense team was up to give their arguments after.

Earlier in the trial, the court received testimony from R. Kelly’s goddaughter. According to TMZ, Kells’ goddaughter stated the singer had sex with her hundreds of times before she turned 18. She added the first time they had sex was when she was just 15 years old. She is the same alleged victim from the 2008 trial, which included a sex tape.

The alleged victim stated she gave in to the sexual relationship with the singer because she was afraid to say no. Kelly’s goddaughter is now 37 and requested the singer to be her godfather when she was 13. After that, the relationship would turn sexual.

At age 14, R. Kelly allegedly first groped her breasts for the first time at a Chicago recording studio. She stated she had sex an uncountable amount of times with Kelly before she turned 18. The locations of their encounters included Kelly’s home, studio, tour bus, and rented hotel rooms.

Stating she was intimidated and didn’t know how to say no, the alleged victim revealed the sexual relationship lasted so long it began to feel normal.

During their relationship, the woman testified that she was asked to recruit additional teenage girls for sex, and Kelly recorded an encounter when she was just 14.

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R. Kelly Prosecutors Rest Case As Final Survivor Testifies In Child Pornography Trial

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Federal prosecutors are wrapping up week three in the  R. Kelly child pornography trial on Tuesday with the testimony of their final accuser. The final survivor, “Nia,” shared her experiences with the disgraced singer as a minor. The Final Survivor Federal prosecutors are resting their case in the R. Kelly child pornography trial at Dirksen […]

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Prosecution Closing Out, Defense Expected To Call Witnesses In R. Kelly Trial

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It’s week three of the R. Kelly federal child pornography trial in Chicago.

Yesterday the prosecution rested their case against the disgraced singer.  The jury has heard from more than 20 government witnesses since the beginning of the trial. They included four women who said they were sexually abused by the 55-year-old, as minors decades ago.  

READ MORE: Prosecutors Say “R. Kelly Has A Dark Side” Assaulted Minors, Paid To Cover Up Evidence

Today, defense attorneys are expected to begin calling witnesses to the stand.  The first couple of weeks involved testimony from two women who told the jury that the R&B music star had sex with underage girls and videotaped it.  

Kelly is charged with child pornography, obstruction of justice, and the enticement of minors into criminal sexual activity.

The “Bump and Grind” performer is already serving a 30-year prison sentence for his racketeering conviction last year in New York.

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R. Kelly’s Child Pornography Case Has Two More Victims Come Forward

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Two more survivors came forward on Monday as the R. Kelly federal child pornography trial in Chicago entered week three. “Tracy” and “Pauline” detail their encounters with the singer during their testimonies. Harrowing Testimonies On Monday, two more survivors alleged that R. Kelly engaged them in sexual acts while they were underage.  The R. Kelly […]

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R. Kelly’s Daughter Claims She’s Been Turned Down By Labels Due To Her Father’s Reputation

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The children of entertainers usually have a better chance to follow in their parent’s footsteps. For R. Kelly’s daughter, that is not the case. R.Kelly’s daughter Joann Kelly, who goes by the stage name Buku Abi, recently sat down with her mother, Drea Kelly, on Majic 107.5. The daughter of the disgraced singer says that […]

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R. Kelly’s Daughter Says His Reputation Has Stalled Her Own Music Career

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The consequences of R. Kelly‘s actions are impacting other members of his family, specifically his daughter.

Speaking with her mother, Drea Kelly, during a visit to Majic 107.5 in Atlanta, Joann Kelly, professionally known as Buku Abi, revealed that she was unable to secure a record deal due to R. Kelly’s sex crimes.

“For me, the experience has been, ‘You’re only getting this because of who your parents are,’ and then, ‘You’re not getting this because of who your parents are,’” Kelly said.

She then added, “the first time I ever wrote a song was at 13, and from 13 up until 24, I’ve been trying to get into the music business. Trying to get into the industry and all those years, it’s either been you’re getting it because of who your dad is or you not getting it because of who your dad is.”

Joann Kelly would state she would be near closing a deal, but once her father’s identity would be found out, it would go away.

Meanwhile in Chicago, R. Kelly’s trial is underway, and received testimony from his goddaughter. According to TMZ, Kells’ goddaughter stated the singer had sex with her hundreds of times before she turned 18. She added the first time they had sex was when she was just 15 years old. She is the same alleged victim from the 2008 trial, which included a sex tape.

The alleged victim stated she gave in to the sexual relationship with the singer because she was afraid to say no. Kelly’s goddaughter is now 37 and requested the singer to be her godfather when she was 13. After that, the relationship would turn sexual.

At age 14, R. Kelly allegedly first groped her breasts for the first time at a Chicago recording studio. She stated she had sex an uncountable amount of times with Kelly before she turned 18. The locations of their encounters included Kelly’s home, studio, tour bus, and rented hotel rooms.

Stating she was intimidated and didn’t know how to say no, the alleged victim revealed the sexual relationship lasted so long it began to feel normal.

During their relationship, the woman testified that she was asked to recruit additional teenage girls for sex, and Kelly recorded an encounter when she was just 14.

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R. Kelly’s & Co-defendants Legal Team Cross-examines Man Who Stated He Was Paid To Retrieve R. Kelly’s Sex Tapes

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Charles Freeman took the stand in the R. Kelly Chicago trial and testified the singer agreed to pay him $1 million to secure sex tapes with minors. According to Rolling Stone, Freeman detailed a timeline and operated during Kelly’s federal child pornography trial.

Freeman was cross-examined on Wednesday, the eighth day of the trial. Legal representation for Kelly, Jennifer Bonjean, and representation for Kelly’s co-defendants highlighted Freeman received immunity for his cooperation, and he contradicted himself from a previous testimony with a Cook County grand jury.

Throughout cross-examination, Freeman reportedly chuckled and stated he was having a good time with the court proceedings. Near the end of the day, he was defensive, citing a full assessment of who he was, and was not being properly painted.

Freeman highlighted he and Kelly had been friends since 1991 and was hired with confidence. The call to recover the sex tapes occurred in 2001. The tapes reportedly showed Kelly in sexual acts with a minor. Freeman noted that he would receive a call from the late Jack Palladino, a private investigator known for assisting Bill Clinton and Harvey Weinstein, declaring he would receive a reward.

Freeman stated he signed a contract in August 2001 that revealed he would receive $100,000 and covered expenses for retrieving the tape. An additional deal would earn him $1 million total. The only presented evidence of the deal came from a 2008 lawsuit that was reportedly settled in the payment of an additional $150,000.

Freeman stated he still had copies of the tape in 2019 but turned them over to authorities once he was the subject of investigation.

The prosecution’s case against Kelly is expected to conclude next week.

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