R. Kelly has officially filed an appeal in his federal sex crimes case out of New York the controversial singer who was found guilty in 2021 on 9 federal counts that included RICO charges as well as charges pertaining to sex crimes and human trafficking says he got a raw deal throughout the lengthy trial.
R. Kelly's legal team simply argues the government did not meet its burden of proof in court despite a jury convicting him on all counts. His lawyers have specific gripes about the jury and some of the evidence prosecutors were allowed to submit during trial. For the jury, his attorneys say that at least 4 of the jurors selected have since admitted prejudging his guilt before handing down their official verdict and he says at least 2 of them had watched the "Surviving R. Kelly" docuseries, and should never have been seated on the jury.
As for the underage girls he's alleged to have groomed and molested Kelly seems to have an explanation for what happened in each case. He says some were, in fact, at least 18 years old when he met and engaged in sexual relationships with them despite prosecutors' insistence the alleged grooming started while they were still minors. In the cases where Kelly is alleged to have met with actual minors his team claims he was misled by those girls at the time about their real age.
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