R. Kelly’s lawyers have partly blamed his recent legal loss on his learning disability. According to Complex, Kelly lost a civil lawsuit last week, where he was accused of sexually abusing an underage girl in the late ‘90s. Kelly failed to respond to the lawsuit and appear in court, which resulted in a Cook County judge issuing a default judgment for the plaintiff.
Kelly’s civil attorney, Brian Nix, has since told TMZ that the singer was not in the right state of mind when he was served in the civil case. He said, “R. Kelly was served while incarcerated on the child support case and he was overwhelmed by the experience of being in jail. [Being overwhelmed] coupled with Mr. Kelly not being cognizant of what the motion fully meant led to him missing the hearing. I had no idea he had been served.”
Kelly’s other attorneys, Zaid Abdallah and Raed Shalabi, have now claimed that the singer’s “learning disability” prevented him from reading the court documents and taking proper action. The legal document said, “[Kelly] suffers from a learning disability that adversely affects his ability to read…in essence he cannot.”
In other news, Lifetime has announced plans to release a follow-up to its Surviving R. Kelly docuseries. According to Deadline, Surviving R. Kelly: The Impact, will be hosted by Soledad O’Brien and will locus on the aftermath of the initial documentary. The two-hour special will also feature interviews with journalists, legal experts, and psychologists, and an “in-depth look” at Kelly’s interview with Gayle King.
Surviving R. Kelly: The Impact will premiere on Saturday, May 4th, at 10 p.m. on Lifetime.