R. Kelly Hires Bill Cosby’s Former Attorney To Help Challenge Racketeering Conviction: Report

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High-profile New York attorney Jennifer Bonjean helped get Bill Cosby out of prison earlier this year.

From the looks of things R. Kelly is doing everything in his power to challenge the racketeering conviction he received back in September. The Chicago Tribune reports that the Jennifer Bonjean, who aided Bill Cosby in the appeal of his sex crimes conviction earlier this year, has signed on to the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer’s legal team.

The attorney said that she will “spearhead Kelly’s post-conviction motions,” and if U.S. District Judge Anne Donnelly denies the artist a new trial, she plans to “work on an appeal before the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.”

R. Kelly Hires Bill Cosby’s Former Attorney To Help Challenge Racketeering Conviction: Report
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Post-trial motions are supposed to be submitted by this coming Monday, but Bonjean has allegedly asked for a two-month extension, and is “looking forward to getting familiar with the record.” The 51-year-old also shared her thoughts on how R. Kelly’s case has been handled thus far.

“I am becoming increasingly concerned with how the government is abusing the RICO statute in order to plead around the statute of limitations and essentially put people’s entire lives on trial,” the told the Tribune. “It’s becoming a formula for the government. You have a right to defend yourself against specific allegations.”

Bonjean revealed that she’s seen similar things occur elsewhere in her caseload – specifically in the instance of NXIVM sex-cult leader, Keith Raniere, who faced a conviction under the RICO statute while in the same courthouse that Kelly was in. 

Earlier this month, one of the singer’s victim’s, Faith Rodgers, stated that she doesn’t believe R.Kelly can be successfully rehabilitated unless he takes accountability for his actions, and even then she has her doubts.

Do you think that Jennifer Bonjean will be able to work her legal magic on R. Kelly’s case, or will he finally have to face the music?


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Hayley Hynes is the former Weekend Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop, she stepped down after two years in 2024 to pursue other creative opportunities but remains on staff part-time to cover music, gossip, and pop culture news. Currently, she contributes similar content on Blavity and 21Ninety, as well as on her personal blog where she also offers tarot/astrology services. Hayley resides on the western side of Canada, previously spending a year in Vancouver to study Fashion Marketing at Blanche Macdonald Centre and Journalism at Mount Royal University in Calgary before that. She's passionate about helping others heal through storytelling, and shares much more about her life on Instagram @hayleyhynes.