Almost two weeks after more bad news about R. Kelly broke the internet, the 51-year-old 12 Play singer and songwriter has retained an attorney to defend himself against any legal backlash that may come his way in lieu of remaining stationary over the latest lewd allegations made against him.
The Jasmine Brand (a popular celebrity gossip news blog) recently reported that Monique Pressley (pictured left) has been acquired by Kelly’s camp to help the embattled musician deal with accusations, which label him as the slave master of an all-female $ex cult.
Pressley is the principal of the Pressley Firm PLLC, which is a law firm based in the metro area of the District of Columbia (D.C.). Pressley also works as a television commentator who gives expert legal advice and opinions.
She is no stranger to defending black men accused of $exual abuse. In 2016, Pressley became more well-known when she was hired by iconic comedian Bill Cosby to help him build a defense against a bevy of $exual assault allegations, which came from dozens of women.
Briefly after being retained by Cosby, Pressley spoke publicly with journalist Marc Lamont Hill via HuffPost Live about the credibility of the women who were accusing Cosby of these terrible lapses in judgement.
Pressley, in part, gave Hill the following statements:
“The only way for a woman to get the justice that she seeks — and that, if her allegation is true, that she deserves — is to come forward [soon after the crime]. And even if the reasons that the women did not do that are legitimate ones, what cannot happen — in my opinion, in the United States — is that 40 years later there is a persecution tantamount to a witch hunt where there was no prosecution timely and there was no civil suit timely. And there’s not any testimony or any accusation from any of these women that Mr. Cosby in any way bound them, gagged them, prevented them from coming forward and saying whatever their truth was at the time. That’s not what happened.” (The Huffington Post)
However, in late summer of 2016, Pressley removed herself from Cosby’s defense team after lawyers for the accusers claimed that she broke a legal rule by additionally representing Cosby’s wife before completing the proper paperwork, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Since family members of the young women who are allegedly a part of Kelly’s cult have made their allegations, proper arrangements have been made by the singing legend’s camp to defend against any civil lawsuits, which may be filed in the future.