ICYMI: R. Kelly’s Lawyers Ask to Dismiss STD Charge From Forthcoming Trial

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R. Kelly’s 2021 trial is close to being underway. While jury selection, R. Kelly’s lawyers have petitioned the courts to throw out charges that he knowingly exposed two people to herpes.



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TMZ received court documents that show the singer’s legal team has presented a statement that herpes does not meet the definition of a sexually transmitted infection as laid out by the New York State Department of Health.

“To allow the government to move forward with those counts would be to allow a clear mischaracterization and interpretation of the application of the statute, considering the statute clearly does not incorporate herpes,” Kelly’s lawyer, Thomas Farinella, wrote.

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The Associated Press reveals 12 jurors and six alternates will be picked. Hundreds of potential jurors showed in the federal courthouse on Monday. R. Kelly’s trial begins on August 18.