R. Kelly judge withdraws lawsuit judgment after lawyers say he can’t read

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A Chicago judge withdrew a default judgment against R. Kelly after his lawyers said the R&B singer can’t read.

Cook County Judge Moira Johnson granted the default judgment against Kelly after he failed to respond to a lawsuit filed by one of his accusers.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Johnson reinstated the lawsuit but withdrew an earlier judgment after Kelly’s lawyers said he never responded to the lawsuit because he is illiterate and couldn’t read the court documents when he was served.

The lawsuit was filed by a woman identified as “H.W” who is one of four women that Kelly is charged with molesting in a criminal indictment. The woman claims she was sexually abused by Kelly in 1996 when she was 16.

Kelly is scheduled to appear at another hearing related to a child support case on Wednesday.

Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

  • Judi Jupiter

    Welp…

  • Nita Pie

    Dumb ass ninja

  • dblogged

    Beyond confusing

  • Rayscoty

    That photo of him is dope..

    Sandra did you add them two women faces behind him? LOL

  • DeepThinker

    I fear they will eventually throw everything out and he will be free to lurk high schools and McDonalds even more boldly.

  • Yoni7
  • Yoni7

    the R&B singer can’t read.
    ______________
    This is disheartening for anybody, not just him and what he’s said to have done. I just hate it that any POC can’t read.

  • Alextra Ballard

    They gon keep fvcken around until Kellz gon be acquitted again like he did byke in the day

  • Marlika

    I wish The RRR , these yamp accusers, his ugly mannish ex wife Drea and anyone still hung up on 90’s early 2000’s, the families, Dream Hampton and the Life Time documentaries would all go the phawk away never to be heard of again.

    Also this grown ass almost 50 year old man should be Shamed to claim he’s illiterate.????? That’s no excuse for your ignorance sir. You had amble chances to better your self. I’m a 2x cancer survivor and I’ve never used cancer as an excuse for anything. So Kells can miss me with this illiterate woo is me bullsh*t!!!

    Maybe he should go to prison, he will be forced to get an education, well at least his GED and he won’t be able to use his illiteracy as an excuse any more ??????

  • CardiB’sAbs

    You’re kidding me? I’m not surprised he can’t read I’m surprised the Judge vacated the judgment. He was able to have folks involved in his twisted plots but was unable to secure an individual to read the dang papers to him? Not buying it.

  • Alextra Ballard

    This nugga can’t read….and don’t wanna learn how tew read

  • CardiB’sAbs

    He can try s-s-s-s-s-sounding it out.

  • Topic Influencer

    He can hire not one, but TWO girlfrans… but not a professional reader.

    Wow Wow Wubbzy

  • Topic Influencer

    Awe man. My ace Franklin again. Lawd.

  • Shawty

    Lying sumabish! Who wrote his music and if it wasn’t him how did he read it to sing it? Side eye!

  • Topic Influencer

    My grandfather couldnt read but that fool aint miss shit. Court. A road sign/exit (he was a truck driver). Memorized a whole lot of Bible verses and gospel songs so he could fake it while he made it in church. I was old as hell by time I realized he couldnt read.

  • Alextra Ballard

    And this is what some wimmen chooses an ol illiterate asz mofo

  • tintin

    my mama annulled her marriage after finding out her husband couldn’t read. She was with him 2 years in total. All that time she didn’t know he couldn’t read a word. She was so turned off, she said I ain’t helping no 50 year old learn to read. She was cold.

  • tintin

    that photo of him makes him look like the devil. well that is what he is but yah he looks kinda evil in it.

  • Shawty

    lol

  • Wreckognize Game

    His girlfriends can read. He shouldn’t be ashamed to let them see the documents since they continue to stay after all that has happened

  • tintin

    A man that could not read however he wrote some of the greatest songs of all time. I wonder who his pen and pad was cause clearly he had to recite these words to someone. I mean what was Celine Dion reading when she went into the studio to sing “I’m your angel”.

    Goes to show you can really make it through life being dumb. He bought houses, cars, all the luxuries not knowing how to read a word.

  • Gloria

    How can you be with someone for years and not realize they can’t read? Not trying to be disrespectful, just wondering.

  • Desi

    Shyt! If Celie from the Color Purple can learn to read…..M. I. S. T. E. R. period.?

  • Alextra Ballard

    Lmaoooo….yew dead wrong…..but she learnT

  • Sha

    I have a sibling that can’t read. Yes, he is in his 50’s.

  • Gloria

    Ugh. Throw the book at this nigguh.

  • tintin

    well in all honesty i’m trying to think when i needed my husband to read something, and i haven’t really. How many times do we ask our spouse to read something, like a full document, we really don’t. But my husband and I text or whatsapp each other but older people usually don’t mess with texting like that.

  • Desi

    i coodent rezist. ?

  • Wreckognize Game

    He gonna read like dude in Do the Right Thing. Ma-ma-ma-mal-colm.

  • Clopretty

    He’s such a fraud! Lmao, his ass know he read that shit. He’s like a professional liar, send his ass away already!! He been dumb too long, on the internet typing captions but can’t read………. Yeah, okay

  • Topic Influencer

    This!

    My mom was the one who told me. Comes to find out it wasnt a huge secret. I forget where…but we were going to eat just me and him (my granny was passed away by then), and she was like be sure to help Papa out and recite him one chicken, beef, and a fish dish so he can pick. I was like yep bc his eyes are bad. My mama: Baby his eyes are indeed NOW bad. But my daddy cannot read a lick. I was just like https://media0.giphy.com/media/Tt92sbuFRpA4g/giphy.gif

  • Virgie

    Drea already told y’all the knee-grow couldn’t read in the Surviving R. Kelly doc, he has a learning disability

  • Tinytoon

    This makes me mad. He can’t read, don’t know how to balance a checkbook, never been inside a bank. But can keep 2 ho?s for personal use.?

  • Karen Brady

    I kid you not when I say I scrolled up hoping for a new post, read this headline and busted out laughing. Why oh why oh why is this fool still being entertained? Can we PLEASE start an island far away and start exiling celebs there? They MUST live together on this island, stranded in one house for the rest of their lives with no visitors. R Kelly must go. Charlize Theron must go but she can’t take those kids for obvious reasons (one being her roomate Mr. Kelly)…Offset should go. Wendy’s ex must go……..

  • Karen Brady

    Ollllllllddddddddd news.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Well she would know

  • Kim’s Original Face

    He still hasnt learned to read smh!!

    He needs hooked on phonics to tutor him

    Cant trust his nasty self around nobody

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    ?
    I see it worked?

  • Ms..N

    Sad day when a 50 year old man cannot read and not caring to learn!! It’s amazing how he was able to read record on the cameras! ! Smh https://media1.giphy.com/media/3o7TKqB7Y98alpjTu8/giphy.gif

  • Sassie

    Ok, Kells. U BEEN not knowing how to read….but don’t u have a team of chicks and dudes around you that can read stuff for you, especially if it’s legal shit? Bullshit. I see what u did there, judge.

  • Sassie

    Why Offset gotta go? What he do, LOL

  • Sassie

    Even if he couldn’t read, he has plenty of lawyers around him that CAN read and they could’ve told him what all that shit said and meant, smh.

  • ShWa

    I’m dead.

  • WhoKnew

    This nasty ass sexual perp ain’t that friggin illiterate if he’s figured out a way to hide his damned money. He just paid his back child support $62k. Ain’t noBodTee lending him this money. He’s going to the mattress in Bangladesh somewhere and making withdrawals.

    He brought all of this on by being a sexually depraved monsta.

    Welp, he’s made his bed and now he can go pee in it.

  • Sassie

    I read a book about a model who also couldn’t read…she fooled everyone around her for a LONG time.

  • datjerk

    ???

  • Sassie

    I would be turned off too. How I’m sitting up here with an office job and a degree and my whole husband can’t read? Big turn off, man. I don’t know if I would’ve left him….I would have encouraged him to get help and if he refused, THEN I would have left his ass.

  • Topic Influencer

    Okay I can see this

  • Sassie

    I wonder about this, too. I’m always handing my husband a bill to pay or a bottle of something – I be watching for signs of illiteracy, LOL…he reads slow as hell but he CAN read.

  • Soda

    I’m wondering how slaves could secretly learn to read but these free people couldn’t. ?

  • WhoKnew

    “ol illiterate asz mofo”
    _____________________

    THIS!!! lmao!

  • Shamwow

    I would have my lawsuit transcribed and read to that fool. Ni?ga you heard what I said. Save the paper play this fool my lawsuit on a track.

  • Topic Influencer

    Some refuse to learn. Refuse.

  • LeeSeeCee

    Like he doesn’t move without a group a people around him at all times. Someone read it to him and he just simply chose to ignore it. When the process server said you’ve been served, YOU KNOW what the hell is in your dang hands. Get someone to read it. I have no energy for this lazy sh*t right here. 50 YO and still behaving like a dang 13 YO but want everybody to treat you with respect and like an adult.

  • hi-liter

    How the fuc ? does he write music lyrics if he can’t read?

  • Kimocha

    Ummm… Wasn’t it his attorney’s responsibility to make sure he knew what was in the documents since he can’t read?… And wasn’t it also their responsibility to make sure he showed up in court when he was due to be there??… They acting like they didn’t know this fool couldn’t read already when we ALL knew he couldn’t read!… WTF???

  • Topic Influencer

    They wanna be kept and he dont wanna be bothered with none of the other. So thats it I guess. Folks worry about what they choose to. Crazy

  • WhoKnew

    Awwww snap. You have a great point! I neva thought of him writing music and not being able to read it. I think you’re right. He’s a lying sumabish!

  • Alextra Ballard

    He writes and produces some of his own music

  • Kimocha

    He said that he has a tape recorder in evry room and in every vehicle just in case he comes up with a hook or lyrics… He records everything… smdh!!

  • Gloria

    My boyfriend and I discuss interesting articles we’ve read each day, books we are currently reading, and we may even read something together from our home library. I would be able to tell right off the back if he was not capable lol. So I can see if neither person has that big of a hobby to read, it would not be so easy to tell if one cant read.

  • Alextra Ballard

    That is somn I will neva understand

  • WutizstillHERE!

    He can hear can’t he? Weellll lawyer READ that shyt to him..dafuk? https://media3.giphy.com/media/QjIz1AqkGTszK/giphy.gif

  • Kanyade
  • Alextra Ballard

    Ova here>>>>cdfu

  • Soda

    I have a friend that no one can text or leave a message on his phone because he refuses to learn how to do anything except to make or answer calls. Had the nerve to get mad if someone uses the internet or plays games on the phone in front of him.

  • Gloria

    This gif LMAO

  • Alextra Ballard

    Crack’n Up!!!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Excuses …. and no one can read da suit for him …. but he responds to the child support ….. which the document involves reading that …… da fawk …… smh

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Like seriously ….. all these excuses

  • teather

    Stop it! LOL

  • Gloria

    It definitely makes me feel some type of way when I hear of a black person being illiterate.

  • Soda

    Maybe had a tape recorder?

  • ATL White Guy

    Bet he can read a birth certificate to make sure they’re not too old.

  • teather

    And, there’s nothing funny or to make fun about it. It’s sad that we would make fun of him. I know the origin is really based somewhere else, but this is about his illiteracy. Many of our own grandparents cannot read. So everyone STFU. He should have wanted to learn himself but . . . And don’t ebeat me! I’m not defending him. IJS. It’s disrespectful to those who are in a similar situation. Didn’t the lady whose name begins with an “F” from American Idol, Fanny, or something like it admit she is illiterate?

  • teather

    thx for saying so, I just posted that many of our grandparents can’t read.

  • NewNew

    Yup, just like he records his felonious sexual activities. He’s disgusting

  • Alextra Ballard

    When he did that interview with Gail King and he was carrying on like he was stalk,raving mad…Gail should have whispered Robert if yew don’t sitcho illiterate asz down somewhere

  • Alextra Ballard

    Drea tawkin bout he has a learning disability…a lot of folks with learning disabilities can read and write.

  • NewNew

    ?

  • Gloria

    For some, its more than just the grandparents unfortunately. Many of my family members, especially the ones down south, can’t read and if they can, its to a limited capacity. Its very disheartening.

  • StoneColdLady

    I KNOW a truck driver RIGHT NOW you can’t read, and he raised two children. He is in his 50s

  • Trace da Ace

    lmao!!! you’s stooopid!!!! lmao!!

  • tintin

    My husband does not read books. I wish

  • Trace da Ace

    This is bull….everybody knows he is illiterate….but he lives with 2 women who can read (I hope)….has lawyers who can read….I’m sure that SOMEBODY in his “camp” can read enough to tell him what is going on!!!

  • Trace da Ace

    damn…that is true….like for real!!

  • Soda

    I’m not making fun, heck, sometimes I look at words and wonder how I ever learned to read. Words spelled the same but different sounding. Words that sound the same but different meanings. And on top of that, Americans are always adding new words! ? I can understand giving up if you didn’t learn while young because it can be confusing.

  • Topic Influencer

    I was so just done. I started to immed. think how in the hell did I miss not knowing? I was around 10-11 yo. I began to do a small poll asking my cousins.

    “Did you know Papa cant read?” would be casually inserted into conversations.

    Like I said seems as if everyone knew but my slow lead ass lmao.

  • Vegas1989

    Eye Beelive Eye Kan Flly. Eye Beelive Eye Kan Toouch THE SKKY…..LOL…

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    A got damn fraud is what we are witnessing, he can’t

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    What’s so crazy about this, is that Robert has been getting mail ALL this time. Are you telling that that was the only letter he received at his address? He read, or had someone else read his mail to him. I’m not buying this. He has too many people around him to help him with that.

  • Topic Influencer

    My grandfather the onliest one I KNOW who couldnt. Might be others. Esp the elders. He is passed on now but I wouldnt be shocked. And we are from down south.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Kellz roll with a large entourage,sew yew mean tew tell me nobidy could tell him wuts going’s on

  • Trace da Ace

    you know what I’m saying!!!! Like for real…the judge got played….he knew good and well what is going on…smdh

  • Merkaba morris

    This is nothing but a distraction they not gone convict this high level 33 rd degree Mason ….The whole Entertainment business is filled with nothing but perverts . The Pope , Queen , all the senators and Presidents are all pedophiles this is one big orgy going on in our mind . Wake the fuck up and stop looking and listening to all this bullsshit …

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I know plenty of people that can’t read … I have read for a person that can’t read ….. this is just an excuse for this Pedo …. smh

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Excuses there is assistance everywhere

  • WhoKnew

    Sumabish is lying about not being able to read.

  • Vegas1989

    You made me bust out….

  • Ghost

    Can’t read!? After all this time he hasn’t had some kind of education. He should at least be able to read at the 8th grade level…smh! And what about his roommates? They can’t read! I see where this is going…he and his team will blame all his problems on illiteracy! So I guess when he was served he did t have enough sense to call his lawyer ??

  • Ghost

    My aunt married an older man who couldn’t read. He signed everything with an X! She guided him thru and they bought a house, cars and lived a pretty good life! He died not being able to read but with the help of my Aunt and Cousins he was able to navigate! That why I know R Kelly is full of it…smdh

  • morenYAHdelsur

    LMBO his concubines laid up, having threesomes with a muthafugga who didn’t ‘See Jane Run’ is hilariously nasty ?

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    In their minds as long as the money is coming WHO NEEDS EDUCATION… The love of money will alter folks priorities!

  • B.Loveitt

    She also said she knew he understood some things and what he didn’t she helped him with. She may not be there but all the people around him could help him just like she did. She didn’t give him a get out of jail card for free.

  • MJF

    I guess he can’t count either. Broke ass.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Until they come to the urban areas and investigate the molestations/abuse/ and rapes that occur everyday to defenseless voiceless children,NOT ONE FUX DO I CARE about THIS.

  • XoXo

    And all of the catholic priests that got away with molesting boys.

  • Anji

    My autistic and dyslexic clients are often well-paid songwriters. Language is transmitted auraly.

  • hi-liter

    ? Interesting

  • KcoolMuziq

    People who live in glasshouses shouldn’t throw the first stone.

  • Anji

    After my brain injury I couldn’t read….had a reader I paid for 4 years. Surprised at the judge. I performed spoken word poetry by recording.

  • Karen Brady

    LOL… Right??? Alright, I take it back. he can stay.

  • StoneColdLady

    I definitely understand and your aunt probably had his best interest at heart. The people around Robert, not so much. My comment was basically an observation especially to those who seem to be shocked by someone his age being able to function without being able to read. Growing up there was a man who owned several businesses but his wife read everything for him. She went out of town for a while and a gentleman he “trusted” got him to sell him EVERYTHING for $1

  • StoneColdLady

    I agree my post was mainly to point out that people can function and be illiterate

  • the guest

    R Kelly special needs learning disabled and and a child abuse survivor who never received treatment. Everyone around him since child focused on exploiting his prodigy talents then his success and not getting him help.

    It was inevitable he would grow up to be a predator. Not an excuse, but he is legitimately unwell and that must be judiciously considered.

    He exploited young girls as their parents equally sought to exploit his mild retardation for profit. They thought they could use their daughters as lures to profit off a mild retarded predator.

    He will not go to prison. However, he will be mandated to lifetime probation and treatment, probably a special home or probationed to his own home with court ordered mental health care.

  • the guest

    R Kelly was one of those defenseless voiceless children who grew up to be a predator and he will not be the last until there is advocacy and care in underserved communities.

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    Sumabish? Grandaddy is that you? ?? This brings back very special memories. Thanks!

  • Patricia

    sounds fair enough. he is mildly retarded. most men are. hell, come to think of it, ALL wives should be granted “mild” disability checks.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I know ….. and they can ….. plenty functioning adult that can’t read out here!!!!

  • currvalicious

    These women are retarded as well. Some of the shit they put up with, is beyond comprehension.

  • WhoKnew

    Grandaddy is that you? ??
    _________________________

    Hollering! LOL. I feel ya’. I have special memories about my grandeddy too.

  • E Ethel Ballys

    He can’t tell one of those women, he’s got at his place, to read the damn letter for him?

  • currvalicious

    OMG!! Wow, that’s unbelievable…

  • Tee Tee

    I know this is a serious topic but I literally just gagged @
    “mild retardation”????

  • Tee Tee

    You’re so right?

  • Tee Tee

    I think he can read.
    I think he uses that as an excuse to benefit himself.
    Ain’t no way this man has written songs for as many artists as he has, performed with some of the greatest, I’M NOT BUYING IT!
    Maybe 20 years ago he couldn’t read but his ass can read now?

  • Seldomseen

    Me too, and it is so true

  • OvertheMississippi

    They cannot read either by the looks of their wigs and makeup. ?????

  • OvertheMississippi

    Bingo! But brother is gonna do time.

  • Carla

    LOL!!!!

  • Logan Roberts

    Man look, how long Dr. Seuss, Sesame street , Hooked on Phonics & PBS been around??? There’s no excuse.

  • Wreckognize Game

    ?

  • bbjuarez

    He must have attended the Floyd Mayweather Academy of Higher Learning.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Ok! Roll that beautiful bean footage

  • Bree

    He’s not a predator, he is a victim. Predators prey against the weak, he is only doing what he knows. These women aren’t victims, they were participants. He had money, they gave up honey.

  • Bree

    It’s not about whether the women in his house could read. He has had people around him, who has taken advantage of him most of his life. Why do you think his ex wife is his ex wife? She opened the door for alot of this and did not say anything. She knew he was being took. She collected checks and that’s all that matter to her. She wasn’t a wife, she is a witch. She betrayed him. When everyone jumped ship, so did she.

  • Bree

    Robert needs people who have his best interest at heart. His handlers are check collectors, not educators!

  • Bree

    My colleague’s husband is illiterate and he’s in his mid 60s, she handles everything for him. My uncle can’t read either, he has women who take all of his money. I feel bad for him, but he trust them.

  • Bree

    She enabled him, just as his handlers did. See when you find out people stealing from you, you get rid of them.

  • Bree

    He had and has handlers. He had people that took advantage of him. Witchcraft and sorcery is real. I know a man who is not a strong reader and let everyone handle his affairs, he ended up with nothing after it was all sid said and done. You’ve got to have people around you that have your best interest.

  • Renee26

    ????

  • Renee26

    ? ? ?

  • Renee26

    Even if he can’t read he knows what that gov’t seal on the envelope means…it’s important. He been in and outta courts for yeeeeeaaaars

  • Renee26

    I HOLLERED!

  • Renee26
  • Khaliah

    Yes, I believe he won’t go to prison either because of those very things. But he can’t be allowed to just run amok. Ability to read or not, he knows right from wrong and he has to know what he did was wrong. Where’s the smart-mouthed heffa that got nasty with Gail during the interview? Izreal or Azreal, whatever her name is. She knew all the answers then–she couldn’t read the papers to him?

  • speakinmymind

    Whew chile…rough crowd in here!

  • speakinmymind

    **slams ur keyboard on the floor**
    ???????

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    If he can write 30 episodes of trapped in the closet, this ninja can read.

  • understandingoverignorance

    I am baffled by this entire mess with R. Kelly. This negro is said to have written songs for movies and now he can’t read just baffling.

  • KenHay

    ??????

  • morenYAHdelsur

    LOL that’s unattractive af.

  • LexGirl

    RIGHT!!! LMAO

  • sunni_daze

    When did illiterate start making you exempt from prosecution, there are plenty of illiterate people in jail.

  • http://citygirlzen.blogspot.com/ missarewa

    can’t read but can rape. off with his head

  • The Chosen 1.

    I was thinking the same thing. who would proof read his songs? that is rather mind boggling.

  • The Chosen 1.

    lmfao. you said the truth.

  • SpiceGirl

    Can’t read but can sing a number 1 hit….smh

  • the guest

    I read years ago that R Kelly is straight up clinically slow and no one around him cared so as long as they could profit and live off the money he was making. I always thought he looked and came across as retarded in his interviews. To me his songs seemed like perverse sexual fantasies of a slow kid fantasizing about women and then the only reason he got women was because of his fame and wealth.

  • Katherine

    He’s not exempt from prosecution. This is a civil case. The judge entered a summary judgment in favor of the plaintiff because the defendant (R. Kelly) failed to even answer the petition to deny the claims raised in the petition by the plaintiff. If a defendant doesn’t answer a petition (in writing), the judge will just summarily rule in favor of the plaintiff without a trial to require the plaintiff to prove the allegations. If the defendant answers and denies the claims then the plaintiff will have to prove the claims are valid at a trial. Since R. Kelly supposedly can’t read, the summary judgment was dismissed and now the plaintiff will have to prove her allegations. He’s not off the hook, at least not at this point.

  • SunRiseBlossom

    So how do he write songs, or learn the words to songs if he cannot read?!!!

  • Ronnie

    They need a reality show called, “After the fall,” for people like R.Kelly, if he does not end up in prison. Also, OJ, Cory Feldman, Dennis Rodman, Winona Ryder, to name potential stars.

  • Bossy704

    They were his songs. His words. I’m sure someone transcribed his sessions, but as he is a musical genius he just remembered them along with the accompaniment he wrote with no written notes. R Kelly is a church musician. That’s how they do.

  • Satui Lerne

    He should have his ass beat. After years and years of financial success he doesn’t hire a tutor to combat his illiteracy. And now he wonders why he has nothing in the bank?! I don’t feel sorry for him. Illiteracy doesn’t equate to stupidity and you have to be a sheer dumbass to go this long satisfied with not being able to read your contracts yourself.

  • Raquel

    I wonder how much money those Jewish accountants, et al have swindled from him? lol

    He still has money???

  • Raquel

    *giggles*

  • Raquel

    Hahahahahaha!!!!!!!!

  • Raquel

    You DO know that this saying means: This means that you should not criticize other people for bad qualities in their character that you have yourself, right?

    I’m about 99.99% sure that EVERYONE on this post can read. Can’t you?

  • Munchosgirl

    Auraly????

  • okiseethisthatdumbshit

    That knee grow play foe musical instruments but cant read!? Das sum bullSh**