R. Kelly has claimed a learning disability prevented him from reading court documents in his alleged criminal sexual abuse case.
The Ignition hitmaker was served in his civil case – in which Heather Williams alleges he sexually abused her when she was 16 – after Heather won a default judgement against Kelly when he failed to appear for a hearing in the case earlier this week.
And now, his lawyers Zaid Abdallah and Raed Shalabi have claimed that Kelly had no idea what the serving papers were about and therefore didn’t take the appropriate steps to defend himself, because of a learning disability that prevents him from being able to read, according to TMZ.
‘[Kelly] suffers from a learning disability that adversely affects his ability to read. In essence he cannot,’ read legal documents prepared by Abdallah and Shalabi, obtained by TMZ.
The attorneys are also claiming Kelly should not have been served the papers at all, as he was in Cook County Jail at the time for failing to pay child support to his ex-wife Andrea Lee.