Everyone knew it. It is no secret that R&B’s Pied Piper probably never read the book from which he swiped the moniker from. Still, that did not stop him from not only using this classic german legend about the musician from Hamelin as a thumb-to-the-nose to all his haters in the early 2000s. It also did not stop him from writing hundreds of hit songs over the last 30 years for the “Who’s Who” in pop music.
But it did stop him from getting to court.
According to the Chicago Sun Times, a Cook County judge filed a default judgment on April 23rd against R. Kelly and his attorneys after they went MIA on a series of summonses regarding the current sex abuse lawsuits that have been swirling around the singer.
This is what happened. The law finally locked him up on unpaid child support in early March. According to the Cook County sheriff, while he was behind bars, he was served papers.
Kelly’s newest set of attorneys, Raed Shalabi and Zaid Abdallah, said in a filing dated April 26. “The defendant does not recall being served.” They further state, “The Defendant suffers from a learning disability that adversely affects his ability to read, in essence he cannot.”
These two attorneys said that it was his criminal defense attorney, Steve Greenberg, that actually “informed the Defendant of the default judgment.” Greenberg, himself, actually found out via the media. It was then, and only then, that Kelly sought to immediately retain counsel.
But see the left hand has no idea with the right hand is saying.
According to the Chicago Sun Times, Kelly’s own publicist Darrell Johnson told the outlet that the singer and his team were aware of the litigation, but it was not as urgent as other concerns.
“We don’t care about the lawsuit,” Johnson said then. “The lawsuit means nothing to us.”
This is the same publicist that thought it was a good idea for him to go interview with Gayle King.
In addition to this case in question, Kelly still owes money to his baby moms and is charged with 10 counts of criminal sexual abuse.