What Are R. Kelly’s Chances in Court? Legal Experts Weigh In

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Lifetime’s docuseries Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning targeted totally on the accounts of R. Kelly’s alleged survivors. Each interviewee was given the prospect to inform their story, uninterrupted, about their alleged sexual, bodily, and/or emotional abuse by the hands of R. Kelly. He has denied all allegations in opposition to him. 

But on the finish of the three-part restricted collection, producers turned their consideration to Kelly’s impending prison trial. He is going through quite a few fees associated to alleged intercourse crimes in a case that’s slated for trial starting Apr. 2020. 

Legal consultants and attorneys on Surviving R. Kelly Part II weighed in on how they consider the upcoming trial might shake out for the disgraced R&B singer.

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Kelly was arrested on federal intercourse crimes fees in Chicago in 2019

Kelly was arrested in Chicago in Jul. 2019 for quite a few federal fees. 

According to NPR, the 18 fees embody baby pornography, racketeering, violations of the Mann Act, obstruction of justice, and extra. Each rely carries a possible three to seven years in jail, that means that he might doubtlessly spend the remainder of his life in jail if convicted. Several minors are concerned within the allegations.

He additionally has pending fees for an alleged sexual assault in an Illinois state court docket and solicitation of a minor in Minnesota, in addition to a number of ongoing civil lawsuits.

Surviving R. Kelly Part II reminded viewers that Kelly was first discovered not responsible of fees associated to baby pornography allegations in 2008. But, at the very least based on many lawyer opinions, that’s unlikely to occur once more.

Attorneys and authorized consultants consider the costs shall be robust to beat

According to the authorized consultants and attorneys on Surviving R. Kelly Part II, Kelly may have a troublesome time getting off scot-free in his upcoming trial. 

Gerald Griggs, an Atlanta-based lawyer who represents the Savage household (mother and father of Joycelyn Savage, Kelly’s longtime live-in girlfriend whom they declare was held in opposition to her will), stated he believed the case could be robust for Kelly’s staff to beat. This was very true, he stated, due to Kelly’s previous fees for associated allegations. 

“If I was R. Kelly’s defense attorney,” Griggs stated, “one, I’d get rid of my team. Two, I’d have a real conversation with my client. I have never, ever seen somebody beat trial twice. He’s already gotten his one, which was 2008. So now you’re working on loaded dice.” 

Legendary sufferer’s rights lawyer Gloria Allred agreed that the costs could be past troublesome for Kelly to flee. She hinted that the sheer variety of allegations and fees alone, in addition to the size of time throughout which they occurred, would in all probability imply one thing at trial. “I, in 43 years, have never seen so many charges filed in so many jurisdictions against one celebrity,” she stated on the Lifetime docuseries.

One lawyer stated R. Kelly’s trial ought to be used to ship a bigger message

Ian Alexander, lawyer to alleged survivor Tiffany Hawkins (typically known as Kelly’s “first victim” as a result of she was the primary sue), agreed that Kelly’s conviction was doubtless. 

Alexander additionally argued that the potential conviction ought to ship a powerful message about movie star tradition, energy, and the leisure trade. In specific, a number of of Kelly’s former associates and workers members have talked about being pushed to “look away” from his alleged habits due to how a lot revenue he was bringing to his report label and different artists.

“What would justice look like to me?” Alexander mused on Surviving R. Kelly Part II. “Since we can’t turn back the hands of time, jail. Forever. And, something more societally, an understanding that this kind of behavior can’t be tolerated and put aside in favor of profit.”

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