Judge orders hearing as top lawyers ask to withdraw from R Kelly's case

R. Kelly’s lawyers move to quit his case as his trial nears.
R. Kelly’s lawyers move to quit his case as his trial nears.
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First there were rumours that he had been released and then he again went viral when his lawyers asked to be removed from the case.

Now U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly has ordered a rare hearing to determine whether the RnB star's attorneys have a conflict of interest.

RnB singer R Kelly has been making headlines and his trial hasn't even started.

The hearing will be held on Thursday, according to the Chicago Tribune. 

This comes after R Kelly’s two top lawyers asked to be removed from the case, just two months before his trial is set to begin. 

According to the The New York Times, there is an internal issue with other lawyers.

In a letter presented to the judge, the lawyers, Steve Greenberg and Michael Leonard wrote that they had significant reasons for leaving the case, saying it would be “impossible” for them to continue to represent R Kelly.

Tensions erupted between them and two other members of the legal team who joined the case later and were now seeking a more prominent role in the trial.

CNN reported that the singer, who spoke briefly at a court hearing Wednesday, approves of the significant change in his legal team.

Kelly confirmed to United States District Judge Ann Donnelly in Brooklyn that he fired Steve and Michael, leaving him with two defence lawyers.

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Kelly, 54, has faced sexual abuse allegations for more than two decades. Some of it was detailed in the January 2019 Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly”.

He is currently facing multiple state and federal charges in the US, with accusations including sexual assault, abuse of a minor, making indecent images of minors, racketeering and obstruction of justice.

The singer has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him in cases filed in New York, Illinois and Minnesota.

R Kelly has been held without bail for nearly two years. His much anticipated trial is set to begin on 9 August 2021.

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