R. Kelly worked overtime to try and convince a New York judge to not throw the book at him for his sex trafficking crimes and even resorted to dropping his famous friends' names.
Radar has obtained a letter filed by the convicted criminal’s lawyers days before his sentencing. The document was previously sealed by the court, until now.
Kelly accused the prosecutors of falsely portraying him to be an “evil monster” who abused young women for decades.
“While it is undebatable that the jury found Defendant guilty of serious crimes, the government’s portrait of Defendant as a monster, preying on young teenagers is neither accurate nor fair,” his lawyer argued.
The letter attempted to cast doubt on his victim’s stories and questioned their motives for speaking up. The I Believe I Can Fly singer then touted his successful career as some sort of evidence of his character.
“[Kelly] is widely accepted as a musical genius with a rags-to-riches story. He is considered the greatest living R & B singer and has earned multiple Grammy awards,” his lawyer wrote.
Kelly’s team said the singer was a “complex (unquestionably flawed) human-being” but not the “one-dimensional villain, undeserving of any measure of humanity of dignity” the government presented to the jury.
“[Kelly’s] literacy deficiencies have led to chronic victimization in adulthood. [Kelly] has been financially exploited his entire adult life. At one point in his career, he was told he was worth $900 million; he is now destitute,” the letter read. Kelly also revealed the graphic abuse he suffered as a child.
The plea did little to sway the judge.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Kelly was placed on suicide watch at the federal detention center in New York following his sentencing.
His attorney Jennifer Bonjean denied her client had any intentions of taking his own life. "The irony of putting someone on suicide watch when they're not suicidal is it actually causes more harm," she said
"It's punishment for being high-profile. And it's horrifying frankly," Bonjean said. "To put someone under suicide watch under those conditions is cruel and unusual when they don't need it.".