In the aftermath of the August 2023 ruling, where six women were granted $10.5 million due to alleged threats causing the cancellation of the Surviving R. Kelly docuseries screening, R. Kelly professes ignorance.
Unearthing court documents via TMZ, Kelly contends that had he been cognizant of the lawsuit, he would have vehemently contested it.
Amidst a legal quagmire, the singer asserts that changes in his legal representation left this specific suit slipping through the cracks, buried beneath a deluge of other legal affairs. Kelly, portraying himself as legally preoccupied, suggests this particular litigation evaded his notice.
In a curious twist, Kelly posits a curious claim – an alleged incapacity to decipher words beyond a grade school level. He asserts dependency on his legal counsel to decipher the legal intricacies he would confront. A stark juxtaposition to his artistic prowess, or a strategic legal gambit?
Accused alongside his then-manager, Donnell Russell, of employing threats to silence the women featured in the docuseries, Kelly now attempts to shift the blame. Allegations extend to threats against the women and the docuseries producers, culminating in the closure of a New York City screening in December 2018 amid fears of a shooting threat.
In his defense, Kelly distances himself from Russell’s managerial role, disavowing any culpability for the halted screening. He contends that if Russell indeed made the threat, it was for personal reasons, absolving him of responsibility.
The legal fallout saw Russell handed a one-year sentence as a consequence of the lawsuit. Meanwhile, R. Kelly, already sentenced to 30 years for racketeering and sex trafficking in 2022, faces an additional 20-year stint for a child sex crimes charge. The legal saga continues, with the melody of courtroom battles echoing against the backdrop of a tarnished legacy.