R. Kelly’s former lawyer who defended him in his former child pornography case has spoken out about the singer-songwriter, who is currently facing 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
In 2008, the singer was acquitted of child pornography charges. Criminal defense attorney Ed Genson, who headed Kelly’s defense team during that case said the singer was not innocent.
“He was guilty as hell!” Genson told the Chicago Sun-times. “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. That’s why he didn’t get arrested for anything else.”
Genson also stated that he believes Kelly went on national television during his interview with CBS Good Morning’s Gayle King to tamper with the jury.
“I’m trying to figure out why he did it,” Genson speaks of the infamous interview. “I don’t know whether his lawyer is an idiot. He might be.”
Genson said that he knew the Chicago native was attracted to young girls due to the lyrics that he wrote, but which the lawyer kept the singer-songwriter from using.
“I was riding in the car, listening to a song and said, ‘Are you crazy? This is all I need.’ He re-wrote it,” the lawyer said.
“Ignition,” Genson said when asked what song it was. “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.”
Genson said although Kelly is tremendously capable of writing hit songs, the singer is “not a very bright person.”
“What he doesn’t understand is this: If you win a case with somebody, they think they’re bulletproof,” Genson said. “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.”
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