R. KellyTwo leading lawyers are jumping in a ship … they officially want to end the case just as his federal trial approaches, which means he could make a serious legal mess … TMZ has learned.
Lawyers Steven Greenberg and Michael Leonard – who have been with Kelly for years – filed documents late Monday with a request to withdraw from the federal case of the singer. The reason they want to resign is related to a clash with other members of Kelly’s legal team.
Greenberg and Lennard told TMZ … “We refused to deal with lawyers who do not have the appropriate level of experience and skills, because this is not in the best interests of the client. It is a pity that lawyers can not suppress their own ego or self-interest and you do or act in the best interest of the client. “
Kelly’s other lawyers, with whom the old ones apparently have beef, are Thomas A. Farinella and Nicole Blank Becker … and they have a different view of how this happened. They tell us, “The only comment we have at the moment is that Mr. Kelly terminated both lawyers before submitting their proposal.”
Now the judge will have to resign before Greenberg and Leonard can be fired, and that hasn’t happened yet …
Anyway, this power struggle in his legal team comes at a crucial time for Kelly. His federal trial – which includes charges of racketeering, child sexual exploitation, kidnapping, forced labor and bribery – is due to begin on August 9.
Greenberg and Leonard tell us they want to go out because they don’t think Farinella and Becker have enough experience in federal criminal cases – but they add, “We don’t want Mr. Kelly to do anything but succeed.”
Kelly remains in custody pending trial, and although he has filed several bail requests – citing fears of not catching COVID – the judge has repeatedly denied him
He also faces separate charges of sexual violence in Illinois, Leonard is not in this case, but Greenberg is, and we are told that he plans to withdraw from that as well.