R. Kelly’s Lawyers Embroiled in Massive Internal Feud!
According to reports, R. Kelly‘s long-anticipated trial approach is right around the corner. Now his lawyers have been embroiled in behind-the-scenes animosity. Continue on for details on R. Kelly‘s Lawyers Feud…
CelebnMusic247.com previously reported that two of R. Kelly‘s lawyers–Steve Greenberg and Michael Leonard—filed to withdraw from the case.
Now with two down, Kellz other attorneys, Thomas Farinella and Nicole Blank Becker led to the decision. Shortly after the petition to withdraw, Steve Greenberg tweeted:
We refused to try a case with lawyers who don’t have the appropriate level of experience and skill because that is not in the client’s best interest. It is a shame that lawyers can’t suppress their own egos or self-interest and do or act in the client’s best interest.
However, a judge has not yet officially signed off on the paperwork to go through with Steve Greenberg and Michael Leonard‘s request to withdraw, so they’re technically still part of the singer’s defense team. Despite this, Thomas Farinella and Nicole Blank Becker have largely taken over the case.
This past Thursday (July 1st), Thomas Farinella and Nicole Blank Becker filed a motion for R. Kelly‘s release from custody.
The lawyers made negative allegations in the motion regarding Steve Greenberg and Michael Leonard‘s performance when they had control of R. Kelly‘s defense.
In the filing, claims that Greenberg withheld paperwork from the singer was made, as well as an allegation of Leonard not allowing R. Kelly to seek help from a mental health professional.
Steve Greenberg responded to Farinella and Becker‘s allegations via the Chicago Tribune.
Every single thing that Mr. Kelly ever asked for was hand-delivered to him at the [Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago], usually within hours.
I don’t think the mudslinging [Farinella and Becker] have engaged in was at all necessary to make the point that he needs to be released so that he and his counsel can prepare for trial.
Michael Leonard shared similar sentiments, calling the allegations “completely bogus” and saying:
It’s a complete misrepresentation.
Greenberg and Leonard also claimed they were not informed of the motion until it was already filed. Additionally, they will reportedly file paperwork to set the record straight with the judge.
All this drama just kicked in about a month before he is set to go to a federal trial on On August 9th. Kelly will have to face a judge to face trial for charges of racketeering, child sexual exploitation, kidnapping, bribery, and forced labor.