I don’t even know what R. Kelly’s lawyers are doing on a day-to-day basis, besides dealing with his 100 million charges? Praying? Chanting to the gods? Asking their wiccan friends for luck potions? Their legal strategy so far seems to be deny and attack but I don’t know how you’re gonna be doing that once one of those over twenty child porn sex tapes gets previewed for the jury and they go: “Holy shit–that’s R. Kelly.” Still, Kells has been pleading not guilty all up and down the eastern United States as he fights off federal charges in both Illinois and New York.
Oh, but did you think this would end with R. Kelly getting charged with sex trafficking? Ma’am? All the skeletons are dropping out of this man’s closet and if you know anything about him and closet space, mama it goes on. These skeletons bout to be dancing out R. Kelly’s closet like it’s fucking Corpse Bride. And another just popped out in Minnesota.
Variety reports that on top of all the charges for aggravated sexual assault and sex trafficking and yadayadayada, Kelly will now also be facing two counts of prostitution with a person under 18 in Minnesota.
These new charges are stemming from an incident which allegedly took place back in 2001. On July 11, 2001, R. Kelly had a concert in Minneapolis and I guess picked up one of his young girls as he allegedly always does. The two didn’t have intercourse, but there was “dancing and sexual contact,” which is like: yeah have you been to a night club? But then you remember the “under 18” part and it’s like: oh, right.
CBC News says that R. Kelly gave the girl his autograph and his phone number (smooth, you freaking pervert) and then invited her back to his hotel room when they made contact. He then allegedly offered the underage child $200 to dance for him naked. He was also naked.
Apparently this came to light because of that tip line set up by Chicago’s Cook County.
The Hennepin County State’s Attorney, Mike Freeman, was ready to rain down fire and brimstone upon R. Kelly’s head and he let him have it at a news conference:
“It is despicable that Mr. Kelly used his fame in order to prey on underaged girls. While there are more numerous charges in the Illinois and federal cases, we wanted to make sure that our victim here in Minneapolis also receives a measure of justice. We fully expect that at some future date, Mr. Kelly will have to account for his actions in Hennepin County.”
Mike also had more to say on why he’s charging R. Kelly:
“Some might say, ‘Aren’t you piling on, he’s got federal charges in New York, state charges in Cook County and elsewhere.’ Frankly, Minnesota victims deserve their day in court and that’s why we’re here. In my view, too many prosecutors are ignoring victims. This one doesn’t.”
When pointed out that there’s a statute of limitations on this charge, which is three years and 2001 was much more than three years ago, Mike Freeman explained his loophole:
“That doesn’t bar the prosecution here. Because he left the state, the statute doesn’t [end] until he returns to the state, and there’s no indication that he’s been in Minnesota for [a duration of] three years, then we have a case.”
And he knows that this actually probably won’t work, but he thinks it’s important to charge R. Kelly anyway because justice actually is something some people care about:
“It doesn’t disturb me whatsoever that it may not go to trial, as long as he spends time for the crimes he’s committed elsewhere. I can’t make sure of that unless I am at the table. By charging this case, we are at the table.”
R. Kelly’s lawyer had this to say about the new charges:
Re: New charges @RKelly give me a break. This is beyond absurd
— Steve Greenberg (@SGcrimlaw) August 5, 2019
I actually totally believe this tweet, but you just need to read it in the correct tone, you know? Like he’s actually begging, “Give me a break!” Like, he’s tired, he probably can’t even keep track of which charge is which state and what time. Can you imagine tracking all these child sex crimes? It’s beyond absurd! Somebody get Steve a day-planner.