The prosecutors taking on R. Kelly are demanding the alleged child sex predator be shut down in his attempt to skip a hearing.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Kelly’s lawyer wrote a letter to the judge presiding over the singer’s New York criminal case. A hearing is scheduled for February 6, where Kelly was expected to appear.
The singer’s lawyer, Steve Greenberg, put in a request for Kelly to waive his appearance aka not show up. Greenberg said he would not be able to personally appear nor would one of Kelly’s other lawyers.
Prosecutors quickly fired back at the request saying Kelly needs to be present. They write, “In light of the upcoming trial date and the serious nature of the charges that the defendant faces, the government respectfully requests that, absent a compelling reason, the defendant appear by video conference at the conference scheduled for February 6, 2020.”
The judge has yet to rule. The back and forth comes as Kelly recently suffered a huge setback in court.
A judge denied his motion seeking to have the identities of two of his alleged victims labeled as “Jane Does” in the criminal indictment.
She believes Kelly has hundreds of victims across the country. Azriel detailed alleged beatings by Kelly which involved him hitting her with his size 12 Nike Air Force Ones. Kelly reportedly found Azriel talking to one of her high school friends, which was against his rules.
Azriel met the singer at his concert with she was 17 years old. She spent four years with Kelly until finally leaving him for good in December. She recently reunited with her family and is living her best life.Kelly’s lawyer denied all of Azriel’s allegations.