R. Kelly's attorney compares singer to Martin Luther King in closing arguments

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Nine women and two men testified during the trial, alleging the disgraced singer sexually abused them.

R. Kelly's lawyer compared him to civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the closing argument of the singer's federal racketeering trial in Brooklyn.

Attorney Deveraux Cannick noted on Thursday that prosecutors have a responsibility to prove Kelly's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt — in the same way King fought for constitutional civil rights, TMZ reports.

Cannick quoted from King's "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech, telling jurors the civil rights leader called on the government to be fair to all Americans.

"Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of the press," Cannick quoted King. He said King fought for civil rights in an effort to make the government "be true to what's on paper."

R. Kelly (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

Nine women and two men testified during the trial, claiming Kelly sexually abused them.

Cheryl Mack, the mother of music producer London on da Track, served as Kelly's assistant from 2013 to 2015, as previously reported by theGrio. During the trial, she tearfully testified that she witnessed the…
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