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R Kelly seeks new trial and acquittal after being found guilty of child sex abuse in Chicago court

R Kelly demands a new trial and acquittal after being found guilty of child sex abuse in Chicago court

Disgraced singer R. Kelly has filed two motions in federal court in Chicago, seeking a new trial or an outright overturn of his conviction two months ago on child pornography and other sex abuse charges.

Jennifer Bonjean, Kelly’s attorney, filed the motions this week with arguments that will likely be heard on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Last month in Chicago, a federal jury found Kelly guilty of three counts of child pornography, but he was acquitted of a charge of conspiracy to obstruct justice accusing him and his team, of rigging his child pornography trial in 2008.

U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber set the sentence for February 23.

Bonjean sought acquittal on all counts based on several technical factors.

According to her, the prosecution was unable to prove that the infamous videotape of Kelly abusing her goddaughter under the pseudonym “Jane” was made for the purpose of child pornography.

Kelly’s attorney also argued that there was insufficient evidence that the tape had ever crossed state lines, something prosecutors were required to prove at the Chicago trial.

Bonjean went on to say that prosecutors also failed to prove that Kelly “coerced” underage victims into engaging in sexual acts.

The second motion requested a new trial based on alleged inaccuracies of the first government witness at trial, Dr. Darrel Turner.

Turner testified during the trial as an expert on how sexual predators ‘prepare’ underage victims and told the jury he charged prosecutors $250 an hour for his work on the case while that the actual figure was $450.

Turner also allegedly understated the number of hours he was paid for, telling the jury it was two o’clock when it was half past six, Bojean said.

The inaccuracies would have been known to prosecutors who did not correct them for the jury, she continued.

“If the jurors had known that Turner actively misled them, the jurors likely would have rejected his testimony outright,” Bonjean said.

Prosecutors are expected to file responses to Bonjean’s allegations later this month.

Kelly was convicted of pornography charges for making three videotapes of himself abusing Jane from the 1990s.

The charges for which Kelly was convicted carry a minimum of 10 years in prison.

The conviction on those counts comes 14 years after Kelly’s infamous acquittal on similar charges in Cook County, which were based on a single video of Kelly allegedly abusing Jane in the hot tub room of his former home in West George Street. Jane had refused to cooperate in this case.

Kelly was also found guilty of three out of five counts related to enticing a minor involving Jane and two other victims who came forward to testify against him.

The jury, however, acquitted Kelly and two co-defendants of conspiracy to retrieve incriminating tapes and rig the 2008 trial by pressuring Jane to lie to investigators about their relationship and refuse to testify against him.

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