iStock/allanswartR. Kelly has been in federal custody since last month, after being indicted in Chicago on 18 counts of alleged crimes against 10 victims. He’s also facing charges in Brooklyn, New York. However, the R&B crooner’s lawyers are working hard to have him set free as he awaits trial by claiming the charges against him are old and don’t amount to anything.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that in a motion filed Thursday, Kelly’s Chicago lawyers called the charges against the singer “as stale as used gym socks,” while his lawyers in Brooklyn describe the charges against Kelly there as “nothing more than groupie remorse and a misdemeanor.”
In his motion, Kelly’s Chicago attorney Steven Greenberg argued that the singer “no longer has the money or the entourage he once did to help him in his endeavors,” and suggests house arrest, no internet access and close monitoring as sufficient to prevent him from attempting to contact witnesses.
He added, “The idea that Mr. Kelly has the means and wherewithal to obstruct any witness against him is frankly preposterous.”
Kelly is set for arraignment on charges in New York on Friday. As of Thursday, he was still in Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center, reports the Sun-Times.
Kelly could go to prison for as many as 195 years on the Chicago charges alone, and faces decades of additional imprisonment on the New York charges. The Chicago charges include child pornography, racketeering, conspiracy to obstruct justice and enticing a minor into illegal sexual activity.
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