R. KellyTwo of the main lawyers are jumping on board … They want the case to be formally closed as the federal trial draws near. And it means he might have some serious legal shuffles to make… TMZ has learned.
lawyer Steven Greenberg and Michael Leonard who had been with Kelly for many years. Filed on Monday seeking withdrawal from the singer’s federal lawsuit. Their reason for their withdrawal was a clash with another member of Kelly’s legal team.
Greenberg and Leonard told TMZ that… “We refuse to prosecute lawyers who do not have the proper level of experience and skill. Because that is not in the best interests of the customer. Unfortunately, lawyers were unable to suppress them. own ego or self-interest and do or act in the best interests of the customer.”
The rest of Kelly’s attorneys, whose flesh is clearly old, are: Thomas A. Farinella and Nicole Blank Becker … and they have different views on how this is reduced. They tell us “The only comment we have right now is that Mr Kelly terminated the two attorneys before filing the petition.”
Now the judge must sign off first. Greenberg and Leonard will be fired. And that hasn’t happened … yet.
by any means The power struggle in his legal team comes at a critical moment for Kelly. federal ruling This includes fraud charges. Child sexual exploitation, abduction, forced labor and bribery will start on August 9
Greenberg and Leonard told us they wanted to leave because, in their opinion, Farinella and Becker didn’t have enough experience with federal criminal cases. But they added, “We wish Mr. Kelly nothing but the greatest success.”
Kelly remains in custody pending trial. And although he has filed several applications for bail. claiming to be afraid of getting infected with coronavirus The judge has repeatedly denied him.
He was also charged with sexual harassment in Illinois. Leonard was not in that case. But Greenberg was there too. And we were told that he had plans to withdraw from the case.