Just 2 months before the trial of R.Kelly, two of his lawyers were set to represent him in a soon-to-begin sex trafficking and racketeering trial in Brooklyn. The two lawyers have now asked to leave the case. According to The New York Daily News, one of those attorneys says it’s because two new attorneys retained by R. Kelly have no federal court experience, aren’t willing to put in the work, and are setting him up for failure.
The trial in Brooklyn federal court had been put off because of the pandemic. According to ABC News, during a virtual hearing, U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly told lawyers that the trial would begin on August 9. Prosecutors in New York allege R. Kelly led an enterprise made up of his managers, bodyguards, and other employees who helped him recruit women and girls for sex. A jury is expected to hear testimony from his alleged victims at the trial. R. Kelly has continued to deny these allegations.