The lawyer for embattled R&B singer R. Kelly isn’t backing down from the controversy surrounding his defense, even after being out-dueled by prosecutors at his child-pornography trial.
This morning, attorney Steve Greenberg testified that R. Kelly was like Martin Luther King Jr. during the height of the Civil Rights Movement — people who defy the system by standing up and speaking out.
The lawyer also called the prosecutors’ case against his client “a fabrication” and said that they were “trusting celebrities and reporters.”
Greenberg’s closing statement came after closing arguments by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ed Genson and prosecutor Jennifer Bonjean.
The two lawyers attacked the singer’s fame, stressing that even he believed he was a fraud.
They said R. Kelly didn’t seem to be in control of his money, that his record sales were dropping and that he was basically living in a “fantasy world.”
At one point, Genson connected Kelly’s fame to his history of sexual assault, saying that there are similarities between Kelly and “master rapist” John Wayne Gacy.
“He [Gacy] saw himself as an unknown who had the right audience, and the right music, and he was gonna get [the girls],” said Genson.
Genson noted that one of the girls who testified in the trial was a 19-year-old who said she had “been sexually abused by Mr. Kelly.”
After the attorneys finished their closing arguments, Kelly’s defense team rested. The trial will likely go to the jury Friday, after there’s a short recess.