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R. Kelly Gets Compared To MLK In Closing Remarks

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15: R. Kelly performs at Arise Made In Africa Spring 2012 Designer Collective at Mercedes Benz NY Fashion Week Afterparty at Jumeirah Essex House on September 15, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images for Arise Made in Africa)

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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 15: R. Kelly performs at Arise Made In Africa Spring 2012 Designer Collective at Mercedes Benz NY Fashion Week Afterparty at Jumeirah Essex House on September 15, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images for Arise Made in Africa)

Federal Prosecutors: R. Kelly A Predator Who ‘Hides In Plain Sight’

According to TMZ, Kelly’s defense attorney Devereaux Cannick made a few surprising comments during his closing arguments. Cannick reportedly told the jury that what is happening to his client is much like that of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. because Kelly is fighting against prosecutors the way Dr. King “fought for Constitutional rights.”

Cannick went on to reportedly quote portions of Dr. King’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”—the last speech delivered by King the day before he was assassinated in Memphis. “Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of the press.

TMZ also reports that the defense team only called upon “a handful of witnesses” to speak up on behalf of the singer. Those who did stated that they never witnessed any inappropriate behavior, while one witness reportedly wanted his demo played for Kelly while on the stand. Kelly’s defense attorneys also deemed the prosecution’s witnesses liars and went on to compare the singer to Mike Pence and Hugh Hefner.

In delivering closing arguments federal prosecutors told jurors to find singer R. Kelly guilty. Kelly is accused of sexually, physically and emotionally abusing several women and under-aged girls. He is pleading not guilty to nine charges including sex trafficking, bribery and racketeering.