R. Kelly’s Lawyers Said He Missed Court Because He Can’t Read
R. Kelly recently lost a civil lawsuit against him but his lawyers claim it isn’t his fault that he did not show up. His lawyers, Zaid Abdallah and Raed Shalab, filed legal documents saying that he did not appear in court due to his inability to read.
According to TMZ, the documentation says that the disgraced singer “suffers from a learning disability that adversely affects his ability to read … in essence he cannot.”
The Chicago crooner was due in court after being being sued by a woman named Heather Williams who claims Kelly sexually abused her when she was 16-years-old. Since Kelly did not show up to court this week, she won by default. Abdallah and Shalab are asking the judge to vacate the default decision and start the case over so Kelly can be present.
Kelly was reportedly “overwhelmed” when he was served with papers while in Cook County jail because he couldn’t understand what it said. Williams claimed that she tried to have Kelly served at his home at the Trump Towers but the heavy security made it impossible. Kelly had been jailed after being charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse for a separate case regarding unpaid child support.
After the airing of the Lifetime docu-series, Surviving R. Kelly, his life began to fall apart. Not too long after it aired he was charged with sexual abuse and was being hunted down for child support. The once admired musician was also dropped by his record label. Kelly tried to defend himself during an interview with CBS’ Gayle King but ended up becoming unraveled and emotional during their cringe-worthy sit-down. On May 4th, Lifetime will be airing Surviving R. Kelly: The Impact to follow-up with the women and families who were affected by Kelly’s alleged abuse.