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EntertainmentR. Kelly's lawyers ask judge to dismiss sex abuse lawsuit

16:36  28 june  2019
16:36  28 june  2019 Source:   ap.org

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The lawsuit alleges that Kelly sexually abused the plaintiff — who was a minor at the time — in 1998 after a member of the singer’ s entourage invited her to his former studio. In their motion to dismiss , Kelly ’ s lawyers argue that the woman had only until 2002 to file any claim for damages.

Cook County Judge Moira Johnson reinstated the lawsuit Wednesday after R . Kelly ' s attorneys said he didn't respond because he couldn't read the documents. 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 Kelly has been withdrawn after his lawyers say the singer didn't respond to a lawsuit because he' s illiterate.

R. Kelly's lawyers ask judge to dismiss sex abuse lawsuit © Provided by The Associated Press R&B singer R. Kelly, center, arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court building for an arraignment on sex-related felonies Wednesday, June 26, 2019 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky)

CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly's lawyers want a Chicago judge to toss a 2019 lawsuit alleging the singer sexually abused a minor a little over 20 years ago.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports their motion to dismiss was filed Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court.

The lawsuit says the abuse occurred in 1998. Kelly's attorneys say she had until 2002 to sue. But state law can extend deadlines to file in cases where the accuser becomes aware of the abuse later.

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Mr. Kelly has denied all accusations of abuse . The lawsuit said that on Ms. Williams’ s 16th birthday Mr. Kelly came under intense scrutiny after the release of the Lifetime documentary “ Surviving R He said that he plans to ask the judge to close that hearing to the public to protect his client’ s privacy.

Singer R . Kelly ' s lawyers have asked a Chicago judge to throw out a civil suit alleging sexual abuse on the grounds it was filed too late. Judge Moira Susan Johnson had initially found in favor of the plaintiff by default because of the ignored summonses, but Kelly obtained new attorneys, who argued

R. Kelly's lawyers ask judge to dismiss sex abuse lawsuit © Provided by The Associated Press R&B singer R. Kelly arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court building for an arraignment on sex-related felonies Wednesday, June 26, 2019 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky)

Plaintiff lawyer Jeffrey Deutschman says Kelly has a right to file the motion but that it will drag out the case.

The plaintiff is one of four accusers in a separate criminal case . The suit was filed just before Kelly was charged in February with criminal sexual abuse. He denies ever abusing anyone.

R. Kelly wants ex-wife to stop talking about him publicly.
CHICAGO (AP) — Lawyers for R&B singer R. Kelly are asking a judge in Chicago to fine and jail his ex-wife for breaking a confidentiality clause in their divorce agreement. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Kelly's attorney Steve Greenberg said in a Tuesday filing that Andrea Kelly appeared "on countless media outlets disparaging Robert Kelly and making accusations and charges." The singer faces more than 20 sex-related counts in Cook County criminal courts alleging he abused and assaulted women. He denies all wrongdoing. Andrea Kelly's lawyer says the singer has broken the confidentiality agreement himself many times.

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