The lawyer who represented R. Kelly at his 2008 child pornography trial said that he knew his client was guilty and directed him to get medication that would help control his libido.
Ed Genson, who defended Kelly during his child pornography trial over a decade ago, which ended in Kelly’s acquittal, told the Chicago Tribune that Kelly was “guilty as hell!”
Genson, 77, is reportedly suffering from terminal bile duct cancer, and told the newspaper that doctors gave him 90 days to live a year and a half ago.
“I can say whatever I want, but we’ve got to do it fast,” he said in the interview. “It would be nice to get it down so somebody knows besides me.”
And though the lawyer believes Kelly was guilty of the charges against him at the time, he says he doesn’t think Kelly has committed any similar acts recently.
“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.”
Kelly was arrested in late February on 10 counts of criminal sexual abuse involving four victims; three who were underage at the time of the allegations. He pleaded not guilty to all charges. This week, after he had been briefly freed on bail, Kelly was arrested again due to nonpayment of nearly $200,000 of child support.
Genson revealed his thoughts about Kelly’s guilt to the Chicago Tribune weeks ago, but commented more recently about Kelly’s explosive interview that aired on “CBS This Morning” this week, in which Kelly became aggressive and emotional, and insisted that all of his accusers are lying.
“I’m trying to figure out why he did it. I don’t know whether his lawyer is an idiot. He might be,” Genson said.
According to WGN-9, Kelly is expected to be released from jail again on Friday.
[Feature image: AP Photo/Matt Marton]