Members of R. Kelly’s legal team believe they’ve found another way to attack the prosecution’s criminal sexual abuse case against the embattled R&B singer.
Attorney Steven Greenberg characterized the prosecutor’s office as “dysfunctional” after Cook County (Chicago) State’s Attorney Kim Foxx called R. Kelly a “pedophile” in just-released text messages, courtesy of the Chicago Tribune.
Kelly has not been convicted of any sexually related crime as of April 17, 2019.
Greenberg insinuated the fact that Foxx used the inflammatory term to describe Kelly before he’s been processed through a court of law is not a good look.
Foxx used the language to describe Kelly, 52, when she was comparing the R. Kelly case to the controversial Jussie Smollett case. Greenberg added that Foxx was exposed for her personal biases through her correspondence that was made public Tuesday.
As rolling out has reported, Foxx called Smollett a “washed up celeb” who’d been slapped with 16 felony counts while going on to indirectly compare that to R. Kelly only being charged with 10 felony counts. She believes there is a great discrepancy there as far as priorities go.
Foxx directed her office to drop all the charges against Smollett, which ignited an inferno of rage that could be seen from Chicago City Hall all the way to the White House. The former mayor, Rahm Emanuel, went on a prolonged public diatribe denouncing Foxx, while the president angrily asked the Department of Justice to investigate how Foxx came to her decision.
Greenberg told TMZ that the fact that Foxx would even have such conversations with her staff is evidence that the Cook County State Attorney’s Office is “dysfunctional and chaotic” and lacking objectivity. He stopped short of saying he will request that she be removed from the case, however.
In related news, Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who gave Foxx the tapes that allegedly show R. Kelly sexually abusing underage girls, blasted the singer’s attorney after he spoke to TMZ. Avenatti said Greenberg is creating smokescreens in order to shift the focus away from Kelly. Avenatti assured TMZ that there is overwhelming evidence on those tapes to convict Kelly.