R. Kelly’s attorney has said that Jussie Smollett’s dismissal after being accused of faking a hate crime could hurt Kelly’s chances at a plea deal. According to TMZ, Kelly’s attorney, Steven Greenberg explained, “I think it makes it more difficult for a friendly disposition because they’re going to be extremely reluctant to admit they brought these cases with scant evidence or that there are any other problems.” The site also reports that the state’s attorney, Kim Foxx, could be looking at the singer’s case as a chance to “redeem themselves.”
Kelly is currently facing 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
Also, TMZ has reported that Kelly’s travel request to Dubai has been withdrawn. As previously reported, the singer was seeking permission to travel to Dubai after saying that he had a series of shows lined up. Dubai’s government confirmed in a statement that there had never been any plans for him to play there at all.
Greenberg said that he knew Kelly’s travel chances were “slim.” However, he is requesting to see all communication between state attorney, Kim Foxx, and Michael Avenatti. Greenberg offed about Avenatti — who is responsible to submitting a tape of Kelly allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl to Cook County investigators, could have manipulated Foxx into siding against Kelly.
Avenatti responded to the claims, saying, “Greenberg is now trying to distract attention away from the clear guilt of his client by raising bogus arguments about me and Kim Foxx. The evidence is the evidence. Multiple witnesses/tapes, plus DNA. R Kelly will be convicted for his sexual abuse of girls.”
It’s worth noting that Avenatti was recently indicted for fraud on extortion charges.