As he fights another round of sexual abuse allegations, R. Kelly has reportedly beefed up his legal team by hiring a well-known attorney.
According to The Daily Mail, sources said the 50-year-old R&B artist has enlisted the help of Monique Pressley, a Washington, D.C.-based lawyer who represented Bill Cosby in his sexual assault case before stepping down. Pressley was known as one of Cosby’s most outspoken supporters, appeared on major news networks to dismiss the mounting rape accusations against her client.
"Allegations from decades ago, allegations from women who never bothered to go in and make a complaint to police and in most instances, claim that they didn't tell another living soul," Pressley said on CBS This Morning in late 2015. "So if a judge chooses to consider from a prosecutor such testimony, then we will deal with that at that time."
Pressley has not commented on her decision to resign from Cosby’s case.
According to The Daily Mail, the attorney specializes in civil litigation, crisis management, and communications. She has also been an ordained evangelical minister for the last decade.
Last week, Kelly came under fire after Buzzfeed published a story that accused him of leading an "abusive cult" in which he manipulated and controlled the lives of young women. Kelly has since denied these allegations:
"Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed by the recent revelations attributed to him," his lawyer, Linda Mensch wrote in a statement. "Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such accusations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name."