The R. Kelly alum The entrepreneur is seeking $850,000 in legal fees after being found not guilty on charges of helping to cover up years of Kelly’s sexual abuse of minors at the disgraced singer’s federal trial in Chicago.
Although Kelly was found guilty of six of 13 counts at the Chicago trial, Derrel McDavid was acquitted of all four counts he faced: one count of conspiracy to receive child pornography, two counts of receiving child pornography and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice.
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In an 18-page request filed Tuesday, McDavid’s attorney, Beau Brindley, said his client racked up $850,000 in legal fees from the lawsuit, including $600,000 unpaid, forcing McDavid to “liquidate real estate and ‘other assets to attempt to pay’.
“Mr. McDavid’s life has been unalterably changed by the frivolous, vexatious and bad faith lawsuits he has prevailed over,” Brindley wrote.
McDavid spent two days on the witness stand during Kelly’s Chicago child pornography trial, which ended with a split verdict against the singer. In his filing, Brindley claimed that his defense of McDavid partly helped Kelly avoid a guilty verdict on seven of the counts, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
“The jury even acquitted Robert Kelly of more than half of the charges against him, largely based on the lies and falsehoods exposed by Mr. McDavid’s vigorous defense,” Brindley wrote.
However, The Associated Press notes that defendants who actually recover legal costs in these situations “are extremely rare and often not successful”, as they are not entitled to compensation. Brindley pointed to extenuating circumstances — the “necessarily inconsistent” testimony of two of the trial witnesses — as grounds for reimbursing McDavid for the $850,000 he owes in legal fees.
A sentencing date for Kelly in the Chicago federal trial has yet to be set; he was previously sentenced to 30 years in prison after being convicted of the RICO charges at his federal trial in Brooklyn.
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