New updates have arrived in R. Kelly‘s upcoming federal sex trafficking case.
Just two months before the trial is set to begin, two lead attorneys have requested to be withdrawn from the case.
More details below…
According to WLS-TV, attorneys Steven Greenberg and Michael Leonard filed documents to withdraw, which have yet to be approved as of now.
Greenberg shared the reasons he and Leonard want to be removed from the case, saying:
“Our reasons for withdrawal are significant and it is impossible, in our belief, for us to be able to continue to properly represent Mr. Kelly under the current circumstances.”
They went on to say that they “are willing to (serve) as effective stand-by counsel” if the court deems it necessary.
In a separate statement to TMZ, the lawyers said:
“We refused to try a case with lawyers who don’t have the appropriate level of experience and skill because that is not in the client’s best interest. It is a shame that lawyers can’t suppress their own egos or self interest and do or act in the client’s best interest.”
Kelly’s trial is set to begin on August 9. He is facing several charges, including: racketeering, sexual exploitation of a child, forced labor, kidnapping, enticement, and bribery.