R. Kelly’s Lawyers Claim Evidence Is Being Withheld

Here are the latest details from the jailed singer’s legal defense.
Written by BET Staff
R. Kelly is set to go to trial in April 2021 and his lawyers are trying last ditch efforts to ensure his freedom.
According to The Chicago Tribune, Kelly’s lawyers claim prosecutors are refusing to turn over evidence. A Jan. 24 motion filed by his attorney, Michael Leonard, in the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn stated, “The only reason that these materials are being withheld is to allow the government to gain a tactical advantage and as gamesmanship.”

The motion continued, “This action is decidedly not one that should be based upon trial by surprise, or trial with only an opportunity for one side to meaningfully prepare.”
The motion is asking for the prosecutor to turn over all evidence. It’s not clear what type of evidence is allegedly being withheld.
U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly has a pretrial conference scheduled for Feb. 17, which is when it will be decided if evidence is being withheld. The New York trial begins April 7.
The 53-year-old stands accused of several sex crime charges, including child pornography, racketeering, and sex trafficking, across New York, Minnesota and Chicago. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – JUNE 26: R&B singer R. Kelly leaves the Leighton Criminal Courts Building following a hearing on June 26, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Prosecutors turned over to Kelly’s defense team a DVD that alleges to show Kelly having sex with an underage girl in the 1990s. Kelly has been charged with multiple sex crimes involving four women, three of whom were underage at the time of the alleged encounters.
(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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