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R. Kelly hires Bill Cosby’s attorney

R&B singer R. Kelly has hired a new attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, who also represented Bill Cosby

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R. Kelly appears during a hearing.

In this Sept. 17, 2019, photo, R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago.

Antonio Perez, Chicago Tribune via Associated Press

On Wednesday, R&B singer R. Kelly cut ties with his Chicago legal team, choosing to have Bill Cosby’s attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, defend him instead, according to the Chicago Tribune.

She is the same lawyer who helped Bill Cosby overturn his sexual assault conviction in 2018.

  • Kelly is currently awaiting a sentence in May for his racketeering conviction.
  • “Just filed an appearance in Mr. Kelly’s case pending in the Northern District of Illinois. His trial date is set for August 1, 2022,” Bonjean tweeted out.

Kelly was meant to be in court two weeks ago but he contracted COVID-19 in his Brooklyn jail cell, per Rolling Stone, which is why Bonjean was granted a two-week extension.

  • She stated that the COVID-19 diagnosis “interfered with his ability to speak with counsel by telephone” to review necessary paperwork.
  • The matter becomes complicated as Kelly has two co-defendants who are looking for a speedy trial, according to Patch.

The singer was found guilty of 12 charges, including engaging in sexual intercourse with a minor and bribing a police officer to get a 15-year-old singer fake ID, per the Chicago Tribune.

  • He has been in custody since 2019 and faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years.