R. Kelly has had a bad week. His explosive interview with Gayle King was a media disaster and he was put back in jail for the second time in two weeks, this time for unpaid child support. Now, his former lawyer from the 2008 child pornography case is speaking out.
Chicago Sun Times reported Ed Genson is 77, battling cancer and only has about 90 days to leave. In his final days, he said he was publicly saying what he felt when he represented Kelly for the child porn trial.
“I’ve been a lawyer 54 years. Ninety-nine percent criminal cases. I’ve represented entertainers, represented people connected to organized crime, represented professional criminals. I’ve represented guilty people, I represent innocent people,” Genson, a notorious Chicago criminal defense attorney said. “I can say whatever I want, but we’ve got to do it fast. It would be nice to get it down so somebody knows besides me.”
He went on to comment about R. Kelly’s reputation as a child sex predator.
“He was guilty as hell! I don’t think he’s done anything inappropriate for years. I’ll tell you a secret: I had him go to a doctor to get shots, libido-killing shots,” he revealed. “That’s why he didn’t get arrested for anything else.” He also said his current lawyer, Steve Greenberg might be an “idiot” for allowing him to go on television.
Genson also told the Sun-Times he had to step in and change the lyrics to Kelly’s 2002 hit song “Ignition” when he first heard it.
“I was riding in the car, listening to a song and said, ‘Are you crazy? This is all I need.’ He re-wrote it…. Ignition,” he said. “It’s a song related to a guy driving around in a car with his girlfriend. It was originally a high school instructor in a class teaching people how to drive a car. I changed the words.”
In addition, Genson said Kelly was “not a very bright person” before explaining further.
“What he doesn’t understand is this: If you win a case with somebody, they think they’re bulletproof. You’re almost better off, sort of, losing. He thinks he can do whatever the hell he wants. He has done everything he can to hurt himself,” Gerson said.
While being interviewed by Gayle King this week, Kelly offered implausible answers when he was questioned about his past with underage girls, like his illegal marriage to then-15-year-old singer Aaliyah.
“I beat my case,” he cried to King in reference to his 2008 acquittal on child porn charges. “When you beat something, you beat it. You can’t double-jeopardy me like that. You can’t. It’s not fair. It’s not fair to nobody!”
The charges Kelly is facing in 2019 are different from then the 2008 charges, which was just on child pornography. Nonetheless, the singer maintains his innocence.
“Not true,” Kelly said when King asked him about “the other cases where women have come forward and said, ‘R. Kelly had sex with me when I was under the age of 18. R. Kelly was abusive to me emotionally and physically and verbally. R. Kelly took me in a black room where unspeakable things happened.’ This is what they’re saying about you.”
Kelly got extremely emotional, saying, “Forget the blogs, forget how you feel about me. Hate me if you want to, love me if you want. But just use your common sense. How stupid would it be for me, with my crazy past and what I’ve been through. … Quit playing! I didn’t do this stuff! This is not me! I’m fighting for my f*cking life!”
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Increased interest in seeing Kelly charged for his alleged crimes came at the beginning of the year when the bombshell docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly” aired with several women accusing him of sexually abusing them when they were underage.