R. Kelly is fighting prosecutors' attempt to bring up allegations he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old in his upcoming criminal trial.
The disgraced singer's legal team spoke out hours after the government claimed a male accuser has come forward as part of their investigation. They wanted to tell jurors about other crimes Kelly allegedly committed outside of the ones described in the indictment.
His lawyer Nicole Blank Becker released a statement about the allegations saying, "This is nothing more than a veiled effort to pile on to further shape the public’s perception in this case, ignoring that Mr. Kelly is presumed innocent until proven otherwise."
"As the trial nears we are looking forward to the truth prevailing,” she ended.
Becker said they would be opposing the request by the government.
As Radar previously reported, last week, prosecutors dropped bombshell new allegations in court documents. They say a male victim (John Doe #1) came forward to describe an assault back in 2006.
Kelly reportedly met the then 17-year-old at a local McDonalds and invited him back to his recording studio. He reportedly asked the kid what he was willing to do to succeed in the music business.
He proceeded to engage in a sexual act with the kid.
The government says John Doe #1 introduced Kelly to John Doe #2, "a close male friend who was then 16 or 17 years old."
The court document says Kelly "sought to establish a sexual relationship with John Doe #2. (Several years later, Kelly started a sexual relationship with John Doe #2 and required his girlfriends, including Jane Doe #5, to have sex with John Doe #2 upon his command and often filmed those encounters. Kelly sometimes paid John Doe #2 after sexual encounters with him.) Kelly also directed John Doe #1 and others to engage in sexual contact with each other and filmed those encounters."
They claim telephone records "corroborate Kelly’s relationship with John Doe #1 and John Doe #2, beginning when both were 17 years old."
Kelly is currently locked up in a Brooklyn jail awaiting trial.