LIVINGSTON, N.J. — The attorneys for R. Kelly’s Chicago-based company on Sunday made two arguments that the singers innocence was “ironclad,” one citing that his sexual interest in minors predated his run as an R&B superstar.
Charles K. Brumberg and Julius Erving, two of Kelly’s Chicago-based lawyers, made the arguments in a final effort to quash a $25 million lawsuit filed by an anonymous woman who said that the singer was among many adults who coerced her into sexual acts.
“She clearly was a fan,” Krumberg said of the woman who has alleged Kelly abused her for decades.
Brumberg said the woman named in the suit is not the case study in the case that a Chicago Tribune reporter wrote about last week.
“She worked for Mr. Kelly, she worked as a secretary,” Brumberg said.
He said that alleged victim lived in a condominium in Fulton County, Georgia, and made frequent trips to meet Kelly. But Kelly never had sex with her, Brumberg said.
Krumberg said it’s unfair to charge Kelly with such serious allegations when he doesn’t know all the facts of what happened. He said Kelly doesn’t own the condominium and it’s even more unfair that she decided to go public with her accusations in the face of legal threats from his company to the tune of $500,000.
Also, the attorney said, the woman is trying to recoup her investment by trying to charge Kelly with sexual abuse.
The attorney for Kelly’s company also argued that the legal system is flawed because his client may be thrown in jail for up to two years before trial. The businessman, Robert H. Kelly, says he’s being mistreated because of his sexuality and mentioned that he’s 62 and has hepatitis C. He also said that the State’s Attorney’s office was uncooperative with his extradition.
“I don’t know who would want to take these risks,” Erving said.
The attorney for the anonymous woman said the singer is notorious for forcing women to have sex.
“This is not about a woman’s lifestyle,” the attorney, G. Flint Taylor, said.
He described Kelly as a womanizer and said the woman who has accused him is a case study in the dynamics of his alleged “pimping.”
Erving, however, said the lawsuit has nothing to do with Kelly’s lifestyle and that Kelly is a role model who helped raise millions of dollars for Chicago Public Schools.
He also said the lawsuit only works if there’s cooperation from police and prosecutors and says he is not giving police information about the alleged criminal behavior.
Brumberg said that if the judge holds that Kelly is innocent, no other lawsuits or false reports will be filed against him. He said he will subpoena for evidence that the two other accusers being sued did not testify at hearings about their allegations against the singer.
The lawyers also used the occasion to showcase what they call Kelly’s “magnificent artistic career.”
Brumberg said Kelly’s albums, including “I Believe I Can Fly,” “Surviving the Game” and “Love Letter,” have sold more than 3 million copies each.
“He’s an icon and everybody loves him,” Brumberg said.
Erving said Kelly was also an avid collector of stuffed animals and encouraged comparisons between the woman’s lawsuit and “Wonder Pets.”
“What did Wonder Pets do to them?” he asked.
Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan, however, said he would continue to work on efforts to find out who is actually suing Kelly.
Gaughan also said Kelly’s lawyers have filed false reports in the past. In August, the judge halted Kelly’s concert tour, including appearances in Toronto and Montreal, after Kelly allegedly misrepresented his citizenship to officials.
Gaughan said he believed Kelly is a citizen of the United States. He also said that unless he could verify Kelly’s citizenship, Kelly may have “some obligations.”
Taylor, however, said Kelly is a “taxpayer-paying citizen” of the U.S. “I don’t think he’s a tax-paying citizen of France.”
Citing Kelly’s long sentence for child pornography, Gaughan said the singer wasn’t “trying to avoid taxes, he’s trying to avoid incarceration.”
Brumberg then suggested that if Kelly might be penalized for his reported immaturity, other entertainers, including Michael Jackson, wouldn’t be held liable.
For her part, the anonymous woman, who served as a secretary at Kelly’s production company, said that Kelly always showed attention to her if she complimented him.