With yet another legal case pinning R. Kelly’s name to it, adding more layers to his history of sexual violations, it doesn’t help that other messy sexual situations involving fellow R&B mainstays like Usher have emerged at the same time.
Consequently, fans couldn’t help but draw comparisons to other entertainment legends who have fallen in the defendant’s seat amid sexual misconduct allegations, such as idolized comedian and television household name Bill Cosby. The memes are funny and whatnot, but the two may have more in common than fans originally suspected.
According to Daily Mail, R. Kelly has reportedly enlisted Washington, D.C.-based attorney Monique Pressley, the lead trial lawyer who represented Cosby up until August 2016, for his defense team. However, nothing has been confirmed yet with Kelly, Daily Mail reports, after she declined to comment on the reported legal representation.
As the lead attorney of The Pressley Firm PLLC, Pressley’s assistance would make sense, as the site reports that the company specializes in civil litigation as well as crisis management and communications. She stepped down from Cosby’s team in 2016 despite holding credit for the success of his legal defense. Pressley also declined to comment on her former client and the decision to separate from him.
As for the "Trapped in the Closet" artist, only the court’s time will tell who stands on his legal defense once proceedings are underway.
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