Disgraced R&B singer R Kelly says he’s a sufferer of the #MeToo motion and needs a New York appeals courtroom to toss his Brooklyn conviction or give him a brand new trial.
Kelly says his Brooklyn case that resulted in his 30-year conviction must be retried based mostly on jurors who admitted seeing “Surviving R Kelly,” the docuseries that introduced rampant sexual allegations to gentle, amongst different arguments.
“Galvanized by an influential social motion decided to punish centuries of male misbehavior by means of symbolic prosecutions of high-profile males, the federal government introduced a [federal racketeering] prosecution in opposition to the Defendant that was ‘absurdly distant’ from the drafters’ intent,” reads the transient filed by Kelly’s attorneys.
“This case was not about an enterprise; it was concerning the conduct of 1 man who the federal government sought to punish for his alleged historical past of mistreating girls,” the transient later reads.
A jury convicted Kelly, 56 — who bought over 75 million data at his peak and gained three Grammy awards — of 9 racketeering counts in September 2021 for a decades-long sexual abuse scheme concentrating on younger feminine followers and a few boys. A number of have been minors.
At sentencing, Decide Ann Donnelly stated Kelly mercilessly ruined the lives of younger followers he serially raped, abused, and remoted “with regularity for nearly 25 years.”
“This case is just not about intercourse. It’s about violence and cruelty and management,” Donnelly stated in June. “These victims have been disposable to you. You taught them that love is enslavement and violence and humiliation.”
Jurors heard grueling testimony from than 40 witnesses and 11 accusers in the course of the trial about how the once-beloved “I Consider I Can Fly” singer beat women and girls with sneakers, cords or his fists and delivered vicious spankings that left bruises after they broke his guidelines behind the imposing gates of his mansion within the Chicago suburbs.
In addition they heard how he managed what his victims stated, ate, and wore and about his marriage to late R&B singer Aaliyah when she was 15 and he was 27.
Kelly acquired one other 20 years in jail in January, to be served concurrently, after his second conviction final 12 months in Chicago on expenses associated to youngster pornography and enticement of minors for intercourse.
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His attorneys argued Kelly was unfairly “swamped” by a “mountain of dangerous act proof” at his Brooklyn trial about his “uncommon and graphic sexual actions” and “historical past of transmitting herpes,” amongst different arguments.
The singer’s attorneys stated it wasn’t truthful of prosecutors to point out jurors disturbing video footage of a sufferer “who was bare and crying, strolling backwards and forwards, calling herself a ‘slut’ and ‘silly’ whereas [Kelly] regarded on.
Kelly stated the horrific scenes had nothing to do with proving he ran an ongoing prison enterprise, as was required to safe his conviction.
“[The] authorities admitted a video of Anna spreading feces on her bare physique and calling [Kelly] ‘daddy’ though [Kelly] was not depicted within the video,” reads the transient.
“This video, just like the others, added nothing to the equation because it pertains to proving an enterprise and didn’t factor however breed contempt for … [Kelly].”
Kelly is demanding an order that he pays $360,000 in restitution to 2 victims he contaminated with Herpes be vacated and that he be returned $28,000 seized from his inmate belief account.
Kelly’s lawyer didn’t return calls in search of remark.