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R.Kelly unable to learn, lawyer tells court

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An attorney for R. Kelly to a Chicago judge that the Grammy-winning singer is illiterate.An attorney for R. Kelly to a Chicago judge that the Grammy-winning singer is illiterate.
Camera IconAn attorney for R. Kelly to a Chicago judge that the Grammy-winning singer is illiterate.

R. Kelly’s lawyer told a Chicago judge that the singer didn’t respond to a lawsuit brought by one of his sexual abuse accusers because he is illiterate.

One of Kelly’s attorneys explained in court that the singer was in jail when he was served with the lawsuit and that Kelly didn’t respond because he can’t read.

Kelly’s bookings for performances began drying up following the airing of a television documentary Surviving R. Kelly.

That was weeks before his February arrest on charges accusing him of sexually abusing a woman and three girls over a period of about 10 years starting in the late 1990s.

But on Tuesday, one his attorneys told reporters that the Grammy award-winning R&B singer was lining up performances, and that he anticipated the judge approving requests to travel to make those appearances.

Kelly has pleaded not guilty to the sexual abuse charges and denied any wrongdoing.

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