For someone who is begging for a little freedom, R.Kelly did not take a humble stance in court documents requesting bail. TMZ acquired the statement where the singer, born Robert Kelly, urges the judge to release him on bail before his upcoming trial for charges that include producing child pornography and coercing minors for sex. (The accused sexual predator is currently being held without bond in Chicago.) Kelly’s lawyers allege that the accusations brought upon him are false, amounting to “five disgruntled groupies, not all of which are alleged to be underage, who now show groupie remorse.” To explain, they added that “groupies sought out Robert’s attention, even fought each other for it, voluntarily contacted him, came to his shows, pined to be with him.” In response to one alleged victim’s claim that Kelly gave her herpes, they assert that she was “admittedly promiscuous.” A federal judge is set to rule how much access to and mentions of evidence Kelly will be restricted to on Wednesday, though Kelly himself will not be in attendance. He’s set to be transported to New York, where he faces similar federal charges: one count of federal racketeering and four for transporting minors across state lines for illegal sexual activity. These 18 federal charges are in addition to several state charges in New York, Georgia, and Illinois. Kelly firmly maintains his innocence.
R. Kelly. Photo: Amr Alfiky/AP/Shutterstock