R. Kelly, who’s been charged with 14 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four women from 1998 to 2010, spent Monday morning presenting his case to the jury and his lawyer used the opportunity to try to raise the singer’s national profile and draw parallels between his case and a much larger historical figure.
As his attorney Sam Adam said in his closing statement, “This child sex predator is the King of all Kings.”
But at least, Adam tried to make it seem like an exaggeration.
“He’s a God-given God-given talent,” Adam said. “He’s like Martin Luther King Jr. He is a man of God.”
Man of God?
At least if you didn’t know any better?
During arguments, some of which were drowned out by other courtroom sounds, Adam went on to argue that, “no one took advantage of him,” and he believes that “when this all is said and done, the truth will prevail.”
“A child is an innocent and vulnerable child,” Adam said. “R. Kelly never hit any of the women in any way, shape or form.”
“He was innocent by reason of his innocence,” Adam added.
The disgraced singer’s trial began last week in Chicago. The charges stem from an investigation that was launched by the Chicago Sun-Times and follow years of accusations that Kelly was running a “sex cult.” Kelly, 52, was arrested in 2017 for child pornography, a charge he originally faced in 2002, but was acquitted of the charge after a lengthy trial that concluded with a hung jury.