UPDATED ON : AUGUST 4, 2021 / 06:39 PM
Written by Joshua Eferighe
R. Kelly’s lawyers revealed in a Tuesday Brooklyn federal court hearing that the singer is struggling financially.
According to Page Six, his lawyer, Devereaux Cannick, told Judge Ann Donnelly, ”His finances are depleted,” and asked the court for daily copies of the transcripts, as he can’t afford them.
Cannick also said his client “gained weight since he’s been incarcerated”. “We need measurements for appropriate attire for his trial,” Cannick said. “We’re trying to get his measurements. How can we take his size?”
Judge Donnelly responded, “I’m not taking his size.”
On Tuesday, the court also ruled that prosecutors will be granted the opportunity to present evidence proving the Grammy winner had “sexual contact” with singer Aaliyah —when she was as young as 13—before the two were married in 1994.
The new development comes after the Chicago native, and his legal team finally admitted to the relationship. Aaliyah died in a 2001 plane crash.
Kelly, 54, is charged with contracting employees — from managers to bodyguards — to find young women and girls for him to have sex with, even at concerts and other venues. The multi platinum-selling R&B singer was arrested in Chicago in 2019 by the NYPD and federal agents and has been in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn since late June that year.
Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, maintains his innocence and has pleaded not guilty to racketeering,