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Two of R. Kelly’s lawyers set to reflect him at a soon-to-begin sex trafficking and racketeering trial in Brooklyn have asked to be relieved in the circumstance.
According to The New York Daily News, one of those lawyers says it is because two new attorneys kept by the embattled R&B singer don’t have any federal court experience, aren’t keen to put in the work and are setting him up for failure.
The paper reports Steven Greenberg and Michael Leonard filed a letter to Brooklyn Federal Court Judge Ann Donnelly Monday evening requesting the be excused in the trial, which is set to begin in just two months. The pair of attorneys gave no particular reason as to why they desired to leave.
That said, Greenberg told the Daily News via phone that there is friction between himself and Leonard along with the new lawyers — Thomas Farinella and Nicole Becker.
“Unfortunately, it appears that Mr. Kelly over time has not made the best decisions and I fear he’s doing that now. But it’s not my problem I guess. I wish him the best. I hope he wins this case,” Greenberg explained. “You sort of want to take the high road but they’re just really fing him over, these two.”
“We don’t want to be with people who don’t have any experience and don’t want to do the work,” he added.
Additionally, Greenberg said he and Leonard tried to discuss their problems with Kelly at the Chicago federal prison he is being held , however the singer diminished to see them. Greenberg has represented Kelly because 2018.
“While we realize that this request comes close to trial — and although we are ready to proceed to trial as scheduled in August — our reasons for withdrawal are significant and it is impossible, in our belief, for us to be able to continue to properly represent Mr. Kelly under the current circumstances,” they wrote in the startling one-page filing, according to the Daily News.
On April 15, a federal judge gave the green light to relocate the R&B singer in preparation for his trial on the alleged sex-trafficking offenses. The case, which has faced several flaws, is unrelated to the one in Chicago, in which he’s being held 21 charges of making child pornography.