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R Kelly Didn’t Respond to Abuse Lawsuit Because He’s illiterate, Lawyers Claim

The sexual abuse allegations against singer R Kelly took an unexpected turn in court after his lawyers claimed he couldn’t respond to the accusations as he is illiterate.

They told a judge on Wednesday that the reason why the shamed R&B singer had failed to reply to a lawsuit was due to him ‘not being able to read’.

At the first of two hearings on the day, Judge Moira Johnson vacated a default judgment she made against Kelly after the singer failed to respond to a lawsuit brought by one of the four women he is charged with sexually abusing.

The sexual abuse allegations against singer R Kelly took an unexpected turn in court (Photo: Courtesy)

She then reinstated the lawsuit after one of Kelly’s lawyers explained that the singer was behind bars at the time he was served with the papers and he couldn’t read them.

Kelly had a second hearing in which he paid thousands of dollars in back child support.

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In the Chicago court, Kelly paid Sh6.2 million in back pay to his ex-wife, and mother of his three children.

Kelly had previously been locked up for three days, when he was found in contempt of court for failing to pay Sh16.2 million in back child support.

The reason why the shamed R&B singer had failed to reply to a lawsuit was due to him ‘not being able to read’ (Photo: Courtesy)

Chicago Sun-Times reported that Kelly’s lawyer Damico stated: “He’s not a deadbeat dad. All he wants to do is do right by his kids.”

Kelly’s career and bookings have taken a nosedive since the airing of controversial documentary, Surviving R Kelly.

He was accused of sexually abusing a woman and three underage girls, over a 10-year period, starting in the late 1990’s.

Kelly has pleaded not guilty to the sexual abuse charges and denied any wrongdoing.

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