Defense and federal prosecutors in R. Kelly case spar over whether singer’s sex habits were legal spoils of fame or predatory criminal conspiracy

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Chicago Tribune

NEW YORK — R&B superstar R. Kelly was an international sex symbol known for his playboy lifestyle, but his relationships were consensual and the women who lined up to testify that he sexually abused them are lying to get a payday, Kelly’s lawyer told a federal jury in New York on Thursday. Pacing the floor of the Brooklyn federal courtroom and occasionally raising his voice to a shout, Kelly attorney Deveraux Cannick called one of the alleged victims a “super hustler” and a “stalker extraordinaire” and repeatedly accused the government of allowing witnesses to come in and lie to win the big pr…

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