R. Kelly’s lawyers say he can’t read; judge reinstates civil sex abuse lawsuit

Written by on May 9, 2019

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A default judgement against R. Kelly has been withdrawn after his lawyers say the singer didn’t respond to a lawsuit because he’s illiterate.
Cook County Judge Moira Johnson reinstated the civil sex abuse lawsuit Wednesday after Kelly’s attorneys, Raed Shalabi and Zaid Abdallah, said the embattled singer didn’t respond because he couldn’t read the documents, according to the Associated Press and Chicago Sun-Times.
“The Defendant suffers from a learning disability that adversely affects his ability to read, in essence he cannot,” Shalabi and Abdallah said in an April 26 filing obtained by the Sun-Times.
Shalabi told USA TODAY that Kelly “got served (the paperwork) while he was in jail” in March, adding that the singer, “didn’t know what the documents were.”


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