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R. Kelly Meets With Michael Jackson's Famed Attorney While Behind Bars

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By Gary Trock

R. Kelly is calling an audible on his legal team and bringing in an attorney who became famous for getting Michael Jackson acquitted of sexual molestation charges.

Sources close to the situation tell The Blast, Thomas Meserau traveled to Chicago to meet with Kelly on Wednsday morning while the disgraced R&B singer remains in federal custody.

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We're told Kelly has become increasingly frustrated with his current lead attorney, Steve Greenberg, and is pursuing other legal options as he prepares to face the multitude of sexual crime accusations against him.

Along with a new legal team, we're told Kelly is also interested in getting a new crisis manager, after Darrell Johnson quit the team following his comments about letting his daughter hang out with an accused pedophile.

Meserau is not officially Kelly's attorney yet, but we're told the discussions in the camp are for him to take over as the lead attorney and help navigate the difficult road ahead as the singer eventually heads to trial.

The Blast first reported that Kelly was interested in bringing Mesereau as his federal charges were still looming, and the two even engaged in phone discussions.

Mesereau is no stranger to handling high-profile cases, as he was the lead attorney on Michael Jackson's 2005 criminal trial in Santa Barbara County. MJ had been indicted with several crimes, including 4 counts of molesting a minor, 4 counts of intoxicating a minor to molest him, 1 count of attempted child molestation, 1 count of conspiring to hold the boy and his family captive, and conspiring to commit extortion and child abduction.

Mesereau put on a masterful defense, and after 32 hours and 7 days of deliberation, the jury found Jackson not guilty on all counts.

If he decides to officially come on board for Kelly, the "Ignition" singer will be hoping for a similar outcome.

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