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R. Kelly claims loss in sexual abuse case was because he was “overwhelmed” by jail

2 min read - On Thursday (April 25) it was reported that R. Kelly lost a civil lawsuit in a sexual abuse case when he failed to appear at a hearing, where his accusor won in a default judgment over accusations that the singer repeatedly had sex with her when she was a minor.

In her civil lawsuit, the accuser identified as Heather Williams claims Kelly initiated a sexual relationship with her 20 years ago when she was 16, though the age of consent in Illinois is 17. The alleged victim sued Kelly back in February prior to his arrest on 10 criminal charges of sexual abuse, and now a judge will determine how much he should pay in damages next month.

Meanwhile, Kelly is fighting the verdict by claiming he was "overwhelmed" by jail when he was initially served his papers, following by making it impossible to be served through the security at Trump Tower.

Kelly's civil attorney, Brian Nix, released a statement that read: "R. Kelly was served while incarcerated on the child support case and he was overwhelmed by the experience of being in jail, adding that "[Being overwhelmed] coupled with Mr. Kelly not being cognizant of what the motion fully meant led to him missing the hearing." Nix himself then suggested that he had no idea his client had even been served.

For that reason, Kelly's legal team is attempting to get the default judgment set aside so they can fight the charges in court at a later point in time.

Source: TMZ
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