R. Kelly may be a lot of bad things, but he says being positive for an STD is not one of them.
The disgraced singer’s attorney filed a long letter to the judge in his ongoing criminal federal case, asking to be released from custody, or at least granted bail.
Kelly’s team claims he’s not a flight risk or a danger to the community, and takes major umbrage with the allegations from one of his alleged victims that he gave her an STD.
“Currently there is zero evidence that Robert has herpes, knew he had herpes, or knew he could have herpes and recklessly conducted himself,” the document states.
His team doubles down that, “ZERO evidence exists.”
The allegation of herpes was brought to light by Faith Rodgers, who currently has two lawsuits against the singer, and actively cooperated with federal officials during the investigation of Kelly.
However, the singer’s legal team claims the only evidence prosecutors have is a “disgruntled groupie who alleges she has herpes and got it from Robert.”
They argue Rodgers was never asked about any other sexual partners, or possibilities of any other sexual partners, and has allegedly not provided “one scintilla of evidence” to support her claims.
The R&B singer’s team also suggests that the government may have illegally obtained Kelly’s medical records in an effort to validate the herpes claims.
The letter states, “The government alludes to having Robert’s medical records that they believe may nor may not demonstrate that he too may have herpes, but they did not disclose if they properly and/or legally procured same, if they have factually and scientifically established it’s the same strain of herpes, or who had it first.”
Kelly’s team is adamant that the “un-scientific allegations by a disgruntled adult groupie,” and that she “completely and consensualy [sic]” had a sexual relationship with him.
They ask many questions regarding the alleations of herpes; including, “Where is the proof that she had an STD? Where is the legally admissible proof that Robert had an STD? Where is the scientific proof that the two STD’s, if they exist at all, are of the same strain? Where is the documentary evidence to show who possibly had the STD first, if at all, and who gave what to whom?”
Kelly’s team claims the prosecution is resting its case on a, “he said, she said” notion, and that the “completely unsupported allegations” are not substantial enough to hold him in custody without bail.
Kelly has a hearing Wednesday in Chicago that he probably will not make, because he’s currently being transported by U.S. Marshals to New York to face his other federal charges.
The judge has not responded to his letter, but will most likely address it during his arraignment on Friday.