R Kelly’s lawyer denies all sexual misconduct allegations against his client

Brunilde Fioravanti
Gennaio 13, 2019

R. Kelly performs in concert at Barclays Center on September 25, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Greenberg portrayed Kelly, one of the top-selling recording artists of all time, as a victim of a television hit piece.

"The allegations aren't true because he never knowingly had sex with an underage woman, he never forced anyone to do anything, he never held anyone captive, he never abused anyone", he said.

Among the multiple abuse accusations, "Surviving R. Kelly" addresses the three-time Grammy winner's marriage with the late singer, Aaliyah.

More recently, many said he runs a hidden "sex cult" of women manipulated and abused to stay away from the outside world and under his control.

Activists from the #TimesUp and #MuteRKelly movements have seized on the renewed attention to call for fans and music industry partners to cut ties with Kelly and some past collaborators are apologizing for having worked with him.

"He's disappointed that these women are doing this, that these families are doing it, that they're ruining a talented musician's career", Greenberg said of Kelly.

Reuters was unable independently to verify the accusations in the documentary and could not immediately reach prosecutors for comment. Foxx's office said in a brief statement Friday that people have contacted prosecutors and that authorities are "following up on these calls".

"We actually see a lot of young ladies that have been, you know, groomed, into believing that somebody loves and cares for them and then the person is actually taking advantage of them and victimizing them and causing harm to them", Stafford said.

He could not say whether Kelly, 52, ever met the women interviewed in the Lifetime show, "met them one night when he was drinking and partying" or even whether he might have lived with them. However it was not necessary to clarify whether there was any truth to their claims as they didn't go to the police or provide and physical evidence, he said.

While Greenberg didn't confirm any next steps for Kelly, he did say that his client is likely to speak to the public soon. On Jan. 7, the day after the series ended, Kelly's songs were played on radio 198,000 times.

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