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R. Kelly has asked a judge to fine and jail his ex-wife for publicly making comments about him that he believes are disparaging and violate the terms laid out in a divorce settlement from years earlier.
The singer’s lawyer, Steve Greenberg, filed a motion Tuesday accusing Andrea Kelly of violating her earlier agreement with his client by “disparaging” Kelly and making “accusations and charges involving Robert” during interviews with various media outlets, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The Kellys, who share three children together, were married for 11 years before their divorce was finalized in 2009, MTV News reports. Andrea Kelly first began speaking out about the alleged abuse she suffered during her marriage to Kelly last year, and was later included in Lifetime’s “Surviving R. Kelly” documentary, where she, like other women, recounted the ways Kelly allegedly abused her during her time with him.
Andrea Kelly most recently appeared on the reality show “Growing Up Hip Hop,” where she opened up about what it had been like to witness the backlash aimed at her ex-husband. In one episode, she described going through a “roller coaster of emotion,” according to Entertainment Tonight.
“When I think about the ways that I have been abused by Robert, from being hogtied, having both of my shoulders dislocated, to being slapped, pushed, having things thrown as me, the sexual abuse, the mental abuse, words can't even describe,” she said in one clip, according to the outlet.
Now, R. Kelly is hoping that a judge will step in and order his ex-wife to not only reveal each instance during which she ever spoke publicly about him, but also fine her for any income that she earned from such appearances and have her arrested.
“She should further be required to disclose each and every appearance she has made where she has discussed Robert Kelly, divulge all income earned as a result thereof, be fined by this court an amount equal to or in excess of the amount she has earned from a breach of the agreement, and jailed,” Greenberg wrote, according to the Sun-Times.
Kelly’s legal troubles are seemingly never-ending. The 51-year-old “Bump ‘N Grind” singer was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in February, with prosecutors claiming that he victimized three underage girls and one adult woman over the course of decades. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and has maintained his innocence.
After he was first arrested in February, Kelly spent a weekend in jail before an unnamed friend covered his $100,000 bail. However, Kelly was briefly jailed again the following month after he was unable to pay back child support during a hearing on the matter; again, an unnamed friend covered Kelly’s debts totaling more than $160.000 and secured his release. He later paid another $62,000 to bring him fully up to date on child support payments, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
In a statement obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times, Andrea Kelly’s lawyer Alison Motta pointed to the recent motion against her client as yet another way her ex-husband has tried to exert control over her life and punish her for what he perceives as wrongdoing.
“There is nothing that’s confidential anymore,” Motta said. “Now he’s trying to punish her for forcing him to comply with his financial obligations. It’s just another attempt to punish and control her, this time from afar.”
She also accused the singer of breaking the confidentiality agreement countless times before by talking about his prior relationship with Andrea.
It is unclear if both sides will meet in court soon for a hearing on the subject of Kelly’s recent motion, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Although the couple’s divorce case has been sealed since 2013, a judge ruled in May that those records will soon be unsealed, according to CBS Chicago. A hearing in regards to that case is reportedly scheduled for July 10.
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