A second judge has removed themselves from R. Kelly’s legal battle with a man accusing the singer of ruining his marriage by sleeping with his then-wife, due to her having prior knowledge of the situation.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Mississippi Circuit Court Judge, E. Faye Peterson, has informed Kelly and Mississippi Sheriff Kenny Bryant that she will be recusing herself from the case.
Judge E. Faye Peterson wrote she was stepping off presiding over the lawsuit “due to prior information and knowledge of the above cases.”
She did not explain the details of what she knew.
Peterson was already the second choice as judge for the case after Circuit Judge Adrienne Wooten recused herself in February. She stepped down after Bryant said he spoke with her during his divorce about the alleged R. Kelly affair.
Judge Winston L. Kidd has now been chosen to take over. The case is ongoing.
Back in 2017, Bryant sued R. Kelly, accusing him of carrying on an affair with his wife and ruining not only his marriage but his life. Mississippi is one of the only states that allow a person to sue another for breaking up their marriage.
Bryant married Asia Childress on July 15, 2012, and says he knew she had a relationship with Kelly prior to their marriage but was told it was over. He says the marriage was good until Kelly entered the picture again.
Bryant claims Kelly became involved in an intimate extramarital affair with Childress in October 2012. She attended his concert a few months after the wedding and Bryant claims that she rekindled her intimate relationship with the singer.
He accuses the singer of carrying out an affair with his wife for five years. Bryant even says Kelly gave his wife Chlamydia during their affair (Kelly denies having an affair with Childress).
Bryant says his wife even suggested they move to Georgia at one point, but Bryant claims she did so in order to move closer to Kelly. Bryant agreed to the move but says he was unable to find a job and it left him in financial ruin.
Bryant claims every time the singer had a concert nearby, his wife would disappear to be with him. Bryant says he did all he could to hold onto his marriage, but ultimately it fell apart; Childress would later ask him for a divorce.
He sued seeking damages for Kelly ruining his marriage and depriving him of his spouse, love, support and conjugal affection. Bryant said he suffered emotional, psychological and financial loss.
Kelly filed court documents saying he does know Childress but denies he slept with her and caused Bryant’s marriage to crumble.
Kelly says he doesn’t owe Bryant a dime and wants to see the entire case thrown out.
The case is ongoing.