NEW YORK (AP) — R. Kelly’s attorneys claimed Monday they would battle prosecutors’ bid to convey to jurors about allegations beyond the genuine prices at his upcoming federal sexual intercourse trafficking trial.
“This is nothing extra than a veiled effort and hard work to pile on to further form the public’s notion in this case, ignoring that Mr. Kelly is presumed harmless until eventually tested in any other case,” Kelly law firm Nicole Blank Becker explained by email, adding that his attorneys would “vigorously oppose” the government’s ask for.
“As the demo nears we are looking ahead to the reality prevailing,” she wrote.
Jury assortment is because of to commence Aug. 9 in a New York federal court docket for the Grammy Award-successful R&B star.
He is billed with main what prosecutors call a prison business of supervisors, bodyguards and other staff members. Prosecutors say the staffers helped Kelly to recruit gals and girls for sex and pornography and to exercising a good deal of regulate around them.
The fees contain 6 distinct ladies and ladies.
Prosecutors now also want jurors to listen to about more than a dozen other people today who allege Kelly sexually or bodily abused, threatened or normally mistreated them. The claims involve an allegation that he experienced sexual make contact with with an underage boy.