R. Kelly Requests to Have STD Charges Dropped in Sex Trafficking Trial

While jury selection is underway in R. Kelly’s sex trafficking trial, the singer and his attorneys are still requesting to have specific charges — charges that claim he knowingly exposed two people to herpes — thrown out.

via Complex:

According to new legal documents obtained by the outlet, the singer’s team has argued that herpes doesn’t meet the definition of a sexually transmitted infection as laid out by the New York State Department of Health, and therefore charges should be dropped.

“To allow the government to move forward with those counts would be to allow a clear mischaracterization and interpretation of the application of the statute, considering the statute clearly does not incorporate herpes,” Thomas Farinella, a lawyer for Kelly, wrote.

The Associated Press reports hundreds of potential jurors appeared in the Brooklyn federal courthouse Monday, with twelve jurors and six alternates expected to be picked to sit through the forthcoming trial.

The move to dismiss the charges comes less than two weeks before the trial is set to begin on August 18. R. Kelly is facing charges of racketeering, sexual exploitation of a child, kidnapping, forced labor, bribery, and enticement. Since 2019, the 54-year-old Chicago native has been held in custody at Metropolitan Correctional Center while awaiting trial. 

Herpes and STDs are the least of R. Kelly’s problems.

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