The first question is… “Who in their right mind would represent R. Kelly?”
Well, the quite sane and possibly brilliant Steve Greenberg has taken the hit-making R&B singer and actually believes his client is innocent of many of the 10 counts of sexual abuse waged against him. According to the BBC‘s podcast, The Next Episode, not only is Kelly not guilty, but Greenberg has his eyes set on winning.
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“Losing every case hurts. No matter what the facts are, no matter who the person is, no matter how guilty they may be,” Greenberg tells BBC host Ben Zand.
“I’m happy defending anyone. I have defended serial child rapist killers. I have defended mass murderers. It is not my job to make a value judgment as to whether someone’s conduct is right or wrong morally.”
But this is not the case, Greenberg believes that Kelly is innocent.
“It (Kelly’s upcoming trial) is going to end with a dismissal or a ‘not guilty’ verdict,” he says.
He is super confident.
According to allegations, Kelly is a monster who has sexually abused four women. Of the four, three were allegedly underaged during the encounter. One of the three met him as a teen during his last trial, where she asked him for an autograph back in 2008. The other met him at her Sweet 16 birthday party. While there are four suing him, there have been countless women who have come to the fore-front with accusations against the singer, songwriter who penned hit songs like “I Believe I Can Fly” and “You Are Not Alone.”
But the lawyer is not swayed or nervous about the other women and how it is playing it out because he believes his superstar client. In efforts to humanize him, Greenberg says:
“The R Kelly I know is a regular guy. You know, he lives in a regular condo in Trump Tower. He eats McDonald’s. He plays basketball. He smokes cigars at a cigar bar. He’s a pretty simple guy.”
“I’ll tell you what, he’s awfully strong because I don’t know that I could stand up with all these accusations and not have a complete breakdown.”
This sounds good. There are several reports that claim that on a key piece of evidence is the emergence of a new videotape that shows “Mr. Trapped In The Closet” engaged in intercourse with a 14-year-old child. But the defense is adamant that this is just like the 2008 case and that when it comes out in the wash, again… The Pied Piper will be set free.
“There is no new video out there. That is not correct,” Mr. Greenberg says. Other media outlets CNN have said that they have viewed the new videos.
“I don’t care if they’ve seen it. I don’t believe that’s child pornography of R Kelly. It might be child pornography of someone else, I don’t know. It may not be child pornography at all.
“That is not a new or different video than the video that a jury decided was not R Kelly.”
Next week R. Kelly is scheduled to go back into court. If he is convicted, he may get hit with up to 70 years in prison. But Greenberg’s confidence is on ten. He stunts on the haters and says:
“This is what I do. This is what I wanted to do since I was a little kid. I want to defend people who are charged with serious crimes.”