The case of R. Kelly takes another dramatic turn as lawyers Greenberg clash with the other lawyers on same team.
2019 started the downhill turn for singer R. Kelly when he received several charges that related to sex crimes. The “Surviving R. Kelly” documentary opened up interest into the past of R. Kelly. He is expected to begin his New York case within two months and is currently incarcerated in Chicago.
Kelly faces accusations that he was in charge of an “enterprise” that consisted of his entourage, including people who worked for him, who would find and procure girls and women for him to have sex with.
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With mere weeks to the case, R. Kelly’s legal counsel is in disarray on Monday (June 7) as the top two people on his legal team have asked to be removed from Kelly’s case.
It’s reported by the Chicago Sun-Times that Steve Greenberg and Michael Leonard, two attorneys who have represented Kelly for a number of years, were both fired by Kelly just before they officially filed court documents with a judge.
An explanation was given of, “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,” Greenberg reportedly wrote in a letter to the judge. In a statement, he added, “Ultimately, as trial lawyers and in the interests of the client, we weren’t comfortable professionally with allowing lawyers who have never tried federal criminal cases to have significant trial responsibilities. That approach was not to everyone’s liking.” He also said he wishes “the best” for R. Kelly and that “we’re rooting for him.”
Thomas Farinella and Nicole Becker, were reportedly “seeking greater roles” in the trial, reports the Sun-Times. TMZ reports that Greenberg and Leonard said, “We refused to try a case with lawyers who don’t have the appropriate level of experience and skill because that is not in the client’s best interest. It is a shame that lawyers can’t suppress their own egos or self-interest and do or act in the client’s best interest.”