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R. Kelly's Sex Trafficking Trial Pushed To August 18

R. Kelly's lawyers were trying to get R. Kelly's August 9 trial delayed, but a judge has given them just an extra 9 days.

His sex-trafficking trial has been set for August 18.

Recently, two of Kelly's attorneys, Mike Leonard and Steven Greenberg, sent a letter to the judge, claiming it was "impossible" to "continue to properly represent Mr. Kelly under the current circumstances."


His current attorneys Thomas Farinella, Douglas Anton and Nicole Becker say Leonard and Greenberg were fired, which they deny.

"He (Kelly) does not wish to have Mr. Greenberg and Mr. Leonard represent him," Farinella said last month. "We're prepared to move forward with the trial so it will not affect the administration of the court's calendar or the trial date."

Greenberg told CNN that he felt that Kelly was "insistent that we work with people who we felt would be rendering in effective assistance as counsel."

Leonard also told the news outlet that they were "not comfortable giving responsibility to those who haven't tried a lot of federal criminal jury cases."