R. Kelly's Former Attorney Says He Was 'Guilty' In 2008 Trial
By Peyton Blakemore
March 8, 2019
R. Kelly's former attorney, Ed Genson, knowingly defended the R&B singer in his previous child pornography case despite believing he was guilty.
In a recent interview with the Chicago Sun Times, the ailing 77-year-old lawyer, who was diagnosed with a terminal form of bile duct cancer in 2017, got real about his former client — detailing Kelly's 2008 acquittal, how he kept the disgraced singer's sexual urges under control, and revealing secrets he's kept throughout their ten-year relationship.
"I can say whatever I want, but we’ve got to do it fast," Ed began. "It would be nice to get it down so somebody knows besides me."
"He was guilty as hell!" the notorious Chicago criminal defense attorney said of Kelly's 2008 case. Adding, he convinced Kelly to take medication to suppress his sexual urges. "I’ll tell you a secret: I had him go to a doctor to get shots, libido-killing shots. That’s why he didn’t get arrested for anything else."
As previously reported, Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse last month. In the weeks since his February arrest, Kelly's 2008 acquittal was brought back into the spotlight following his explosive interview with Gayle King, where he dismissed his past actions, repeatedly saying he "beat those charges" and was not at risk of double jeopardy. Kelly additionally denied the current allegations against him, which sparked further public outrage.
Ed was one of the many viewers of Kelly's interview. While he said he didn't understand his former client's decision to do a TV interview, he wasn't surprised by the move, since he believes Kelly is attempting to tamper with the jury by going on TV. He added: "I don’t know whether his lawyer is an idiot. He might be."
Despite the numerous allegations against Kelly, Ed stood by the fact that he doesn't "think [Kelly's] done anything inappropriate for years."
"I did facilitate him in the sense I kept him out of trouble for 10 years. I was vetting his records. I listened to them, which ones would make a judge mad," he said.
Ed also claimed he knew Kelly was attracted to young girls because of his music's lyrics, which Ed would revise. "I was riding in the car, listening to a song and said, 'Are you crazy? This is all I need.' He re-wrote it." When asked "Which song?" Ed said "Ignition," adding, "It’s a song related to a guy driving around in a car with his girlfriend. It was originally a high school instructor in a class teaching people how to drive a car. I changed the words."
Read Ed Genson's full interview with the Chicago Sun Times here.
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