R. Kelly’s attorneys want to be removed from his federal sex trafficking case

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R. Kelly’s attorneys want to be removed from his federal sex trafficking case

It looks like R.Kelly will have to find new lawyers! Lawyers Steve Greenberg and Michael Leonard made requests to be removed from the singers’ federal criminal case in Chicago. Rumors began to hover last week that both Greenberg and Leonard had filed a motion to withdraw from the case. Greenberg confirmed that the rumors were true Friday (January 14). The two lawyers also reportedly asked to withdraw from Kelly’s New York case back in June. Greenberg told CNN at the time that he felt Kelly was

“insisting that we work with people we felt would provide ineffective help as a counselor.”

R.Kelly is currently behind bars, awaiting trial in the Chicago case, where he faces charges of child pornography and obstruction of justice for paying silent money and intimidating witnesses to cover up his crimes.


In September, R.Kelly was convicted in a separate lawsuit over sex crimes and extortion in New York, where a jury convicted him on nine counts. Kelly was found guilty of an extortion charge. Although it was only one case, it listed 14 underlying acts, including kidnapping, forced labor, sex trafficking and bribery. He was also charged with eight counts of violating the Mann Act, which makes it illegal to transport anyone across state borders for any immoral purpose.

Chicago’s federal case is still pending. Lawyers Steve Greenberg and Michael Leonard have both declined further comment on their withdrawal from the case.

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