R. Kelly is reportedly hoping to enlist a top celebrity lawyer to join his legal team before his pending trial. The 52-year-old singer is currently being investigated by the Chicago Police Department for criminal sexual abuse involving four victims.
The Blast reported on Thursday (May 23) the embattled R&B icon is aiming to get celebrity lawyer Thomas Mesereau to join his legal team. Mesereau is no stranger to taking on high-profile cases. In 2005, he famously defended Michael Jackson during his child molestation trial and has continued to deny the allegations since the case.
On 60 Minutes, the Los Angeles-based lawyer said he believed the "#MeToo movement has allowed false accusations to be made as well as real accusations” and that accusations against Michael Jackson were “financially motivated.”
Mesereau most recently represented Bill Cosby during his 2017 sexual assault retrial, before he was fired from Cosby’s legal team in June 2018 after the A Different World star was ultimately found guilty and convicted on three counts of sexual assault. At the time, Mesereau called the verdict “a travesty of justice.” He also briefly represented rap mogul Suge Knight in 2015.
According to The Blast’s sources, R. Kelly spoke to Mesereau from behind bars via FaceTime sometime last month to discuss the possibility of them working together. The R&B singer is currently fighting against a felony conviction for 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
In February, R. Kelly voluntarily turned himself in to the Chicago police, where he is currently being held on a $1 million bond. His legal team had originally planned to post bail until it was revealed that Kelly could not afford the $100,000 due to financial problems.
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