Earlier this month, the disgraced singer’s lawyers filed a request to unmask two women making accusations against him as both of them were listed as Jane Doe in court papers.
AceShowbiz –R. Kelly‘s request to reveal the identities of two women accusing him of sexual abuse was denied by a judge on Wednesday, January 29.
The “I Believe I Can Fly” singer was arrested last year (2019) on a 13-count federal indictment for sexual abuse in Chicago, while he is also facing a racketeering and sex trafficking trial in New York, where he is currently being held without bail.
Earlier this month (January 2020), Kelly’s lawyers filed a request to unmask two women making accusations against the singer – who are each listed as ‘Jane Doe’ in the court papers.
Jane Doe No. 2 claims that she and Kelly had sex in 1999, when she was 16 years old, while Jane Doe No. 3 has alleged Kelly kept her locked in a bedroom in a Chicago recording studio for three days without food, and sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious.
However, in her ruling, Brooklyn Federal Judge Ann Donnelly explained she had denied the request after prosecutors had “substantiated” that the singer has the ability to interfere with his case from prison.
The prosecution team cited “instances in which the defendant has circumvented prison protocols to communicate with third parties, including by abusing the legal mail system and using a prison staff member’s telephone” in their argument, Donnelly wrote.
But Kelly’s defence attorney Steve Greenberg argued the singer “simply has no means or method by which to engage in any obstructive conduct”.
He also said that he and his team are unable to “adequately prepare for trial without knowing who each of the supposed ‘victims’ are.”
The prosecution team stated in court papers that they will reveal the identities of the accusers two weeks before the trial begins.
Kelly has pleaded not guilty to all allegations.
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