R Kelly is seeking to enlist the help of widely acclaimed lawyer Tom Mesereau.
The two men arranged a jailhouse meeting in Chicago Wednesday as Kelly is aiming to further bolster his defense team against a laundry list of charges.
Here are the details of their meeting and the heralded lawyer’s background in high profile cases.
The incarcerated R&B crooner had a jailhouse meeting with Tom Mesereau in Chicago Wednesday to discuss adding the former Michael Jackson lawyer to his criminal defense team. “There was a meeting to discuss,” a well-placed source told the Daily News Wednesday.
Mesereau is best known for defending the King of Pop at his 2005 child molestation trial, which ended in acquittal.He also counts boxer Mike Tyson, actor Robert Blake and rap mogul Suge Knight among his prior high-profile clients
Kelly, 52, recently was denied bail for a second time when he made a court appearance in federal court in Brooklyn and pleaded not guilty to a five-count grand jury indictment filed July 10.
The indictment alleges Kelly ran a racketeering operation which transported girls and women over state lines using them for sex. The victims allege they were kidnapped then immediately forced into labor. Kelly faces several other legal charges across multiple states.
Prosecutors claim Kelly, who’s long been dogged by allegations of misconduct but was acquitted in 2008 on child porn charges, has been a serial sex predator since at least 1999. The federal indictment in Brooklyn involves five Jane Doe victims — three of them minors at the time of their alleged abuse. If convicted on all counts, Kelly faces the possibility of decades in prison. In a separate 13-count federal indictment filed in Chicago, Kelly is accused of working with cohorts to fix his 2008 child pornography trial in Chicago by bribing and intimidating witnesses and victims.
The “I Believe I Can Fly” singer also faces state charges filed in Cook County earlier this year that allege he sexually abused four other victims, three of them underage at the time. Meanwhile, Minnesota prosecutors charged Kelly last week with two counts of solicitation involving a minor in Minneapolis in 2001.