R. Kelly’s defense attorney made a strange final argument in his sex trafficking trial on Thursday comparing the disgraced R&B singer to Martin Luther King Jr. and former Vice President Mike Pence.
Kelly’s attorney Deveraux Cannick began the final line of defense in the New York sex trafficking trial by stating that the singer is fighting for his constitutional rights in court, just as King did during the civil rights movement. Cannick even quoted King’s famous speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop”. vulture Reports. The lawyer Reportedly told the jury that “our constitution is most sacred,” and said that King struggled to make sure the government “stayed true to the paper,” claiming, “that’s all Robert is trying to do.” Page six Reports.
“Several oh-nos were heard in the room when it became clear where Cannick was going.” vulture writes.
Kelly, who has been faced with allegations of sexually abusing underage girls for years, has pleaded guilty to sex trafficking and extortion charges. Earlier on Thursday the indictment is closed more than six hours of closing arguments calling on the jury to “hold the accused responsible for the pain he inflicted on each of his victims”.
King wasn’t the only person Kelly’s defense compared him to, however. Corresponding vulture, Cannick also mentioned playboy Founder Hugh Hefner, telling the jury that Kelly lived the life of a “playboy” but asked, “Where’s the crime about that? Hugh Hefner, that was his life. Not a crime.” The attorney also mentioned Pence when referring to allegations that Kelly asked his alleged victims to call him Daddy.