R. Kelly’s previous lawyer on 2008 case: ‘He was guilty as hell”; sent him to get libido-killing meds

The attorney who represented embattled R&B singer R. Kelly in his 2008 child pornography case says despite six years of court proceedings that ultimately resulted in his acquittal, he really was guilty.

In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Ed Genson, a well-known, Chicago criminal defense attorney, says he decided to open up about his experience with Kelly, even though he risks violating attorney-client privilege because he is terminally ill with bile duct cancer. Doctors gave him 90 days to live a year ago, he said.

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“He was guilty as hell!” Genson admits. “I don’t think he’s done anything inappropriate for years. I’ll tell you a secret: I had him go to a doctor to get shots, libido-killing shots. That’s why he didn’t get arrested for anything else.”

Kelly was taken back into custody earlier this week for failing to make child support payments in the amount of nearly $200,000 to his ex-wife, Drea. He had already drawn intense scrutiny after an interview with CBS News’ Gayle King in which he virtually melted down proclaiming his innocence of 10 counts of criminal sexual behavior with minors, with which he is currently charged.

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CHICAGO - DECEMBER 20: Embattled R and B singer R. Kelly (C) heads to court December 20, 2002 in Chicago, Illinois. Kelly faces 21 counts of child pornography stemming from a videotape that surfaced, allegedly depicting the singer having sex with a minor. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
R. Kelly performs at The United Center in his hometown, Chicago. 05/15/99 (Photo by James Crump/WireImage)
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NEW YORK - JUNE 10: American recording artist, songwriter, record producer and former professional basketball player R. Kelly doing a signing on June 10, 1992 at the BMG Distribution Conference Room in New York City. (Photo by Waring Abbott/Getty Images)
Singer, R. Kelly on stage during a concert at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim. (Photo by Don Bartletti/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
NETHERLANDS - APRIL 01: Photo of R KELLY (Photo by Paul Bergen/Redferns)
NETHERLANDS - APRIL 01: Photo of R KELLY (Photo by Paul Bergen/Redferns)
8 Feb 2002: Singer R. Kelly performs at the Opening Ceremony of the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games at the Rice-Eccles Olympic Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images
BARTOW, FL - JUNE 6: Florida attorney Diane Buerger (R) argues for bail for R&B singer R. Kelly (L) at the Polk County Courthouse on June 6, 2002 in Bartow, Florida. Judge Karla Wright decided on $750,000 bail and Kelly waived extradition and will be sent back to Illinois. (Photo by George McGinn/Getty Images)
ROSEMOUNT, IL - SEPTEMBER 25: (FILE PHOTO) Singer R. Kelly performs at the Rosemont Horizon on September 25, 1994 in Rosemont, IL. R. Kelly, was arrested on a warrant alleging 12 counts of possession of child pornography on January 22, 2003 in Miami, FL. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
DADE COUNTY, FL - JANUARY 22: Singer R. Kelly is shown in this police handout photo January 22, 2003 at the Dade County Jail, Florida. Kelly was arrested on charges of child pornography after police found pictures of Kelly engaging in a sex act with an underage girl. Kelly is currently facing child pornography charges in Illinois for a separate incident. (Photo by Dade County Jail/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 15: R. Kelly performs as part of his 2003 Summer tour at the Oakland Arena August 15, 2003 in Oakland, California. R. Kelly is currently touring the U.S. promoting his 'Chocolate Factory' release. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Singer R. Kelly performs on stage at the Vibe Awards: Beats, Style, Flavor at the Santa Monica Civic Center, November 20, 2003 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images) The VIBE Awards air November 21, 2003, on UPN.
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 21: Singer R. Kelly (R) and guest attend the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Bulls on November 21, 2003 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 10: Singer R. Kelly performs onstage during the 2003 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena December 10, 2003 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 14th annual ceremony airs live tonight on FOX 8:00-10:00 PM ET Live/PT. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 8: Singer R. Kelly arrives at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center on February 8, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 8: Singer R. Kelly and guest attend the BMG Post-Grammy Party following the 46th Annual Grammy Awards at the Avalon on February 8, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 20: Singer R. Kelly performs at the '18th Annual Soul Train Music Awards' at the Scottish Rite Auditorium on March 20, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
ROSEMONT, IL - SEPTEMBER 29: Singer R. Kelly performs during the 'Best of Both Worlds' tour with Jay-Z on September 29, 2004 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 29: Singer R. Kelly performs on the 'Best of Both Worlds' tour with Jay-Z October 29, 2004 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
MIAMI - AUGUST 28: Singer R. Kelly arrives at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards at the American Airlines Arena on August 28, 2005 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - MARCH 04: Singer R. Kelly accepts the Stevie Wonder Award with Stevie Wonder (R) presenting onstage at the 20th Annual Soul Train Music Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on March 4, 2006 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 15: Singer R. Kelly attends the premiere of Chapters 13-22 of 'Trapped In The Closet' at the IFC Center, August 15, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - OCTOBER 11: Soul singer R. Kelly and rapper Beanie Sigel pose during the making of Sigel's music video for his single, 'All Of The Above' at the Sofitel Hotel in Chicago, Illinois on October 11, 2007. (Photo by Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Singer/songwriter R. Kelly performs at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 5, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dr. Billy Ingram/WireImage)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 355 -- Pictured: Musical guest R. Kelly performs on December 6, 2010 (Photo by Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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A separate investigation in Detroit alleges that Kelly had sex with a then-13-year-old girl who contracted a sexually transmitted disease from him.

For his part, in the Sun-Times interview, Genson seems to be unburdening himself of knowledge that he says proves Kelly’s guilt.

“I’ve been a lawyer 54 years,” he said. “Ninety-nine percent criminal cases. I’ve represented entertainers, represented people connected to organized crime, represented professional criminals. I’ve represented guilty people, I represent innocent people.”

“I can say whatever I want, but we’ve got to do it fast,” he said. “It would be nice to get it down so somebody knows besides me.”

Genson calls the interview with King an attempt to influence potential jurors in his criminal case.

“He is,” tampering with the jury, Genson said. “I’m trying to figure out why he did it. I don’t know whether his lawyer is an idiot. He might be.”

But Steven A. Greenberg is Kelly’s current lawyer and he said he’s not trying to taint the jury.

“R. Kelly is a grown man who can respond to these allegations as he sees fit,” said Greenberg. “He didn’t talk about the charges, he didn’t talk about cases, he generalized allegations that he is some kind of monster running a cult. . . . This case is so far off in the future; who knows when a trial is going to be?  I don’t think anyone is trying to tamper or influence the jury. This is not something being orchestrated as some kind of defense trick.”

Genson said Kelly is not “very bright” and because he beat his case, it may have empowered him to a fault.

“What he doesn’t understand is this: If you win a case with somebody, they think they’re bulletproof,” Genson said. “You’re almost better off, sort of, losing. He thinks he can do whatever the hell he wants. He has done everything he can to hurt himself.”

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Genson helped Kelly beat his previous criminal case, but he doesn’t believe he’s an enabler.

“I didn’t facilitate him. He had already done what he’d done,” Genson said. “I did facilitate him in the sense I kept him out of trouble for 10 years. I was vetting his records. I listened to them, which ones would make a judge mad.”

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Rose McGowan turned herself in on a warrant for felony possession of a controlled substance in Virginia.

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R. Kelly, 2003

R. Kelly was arrested on charges of child pornography after police found pictures of Kelly engaging in a sex act with an underage girl.

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Michael Jackson, 2003

The late superstar was arrested on multiple counts of child molestation in Santa Barbara, Calif., after the release of the documentary "Living with Michael Jackson," which portrayed Jackson in a controversial scene with a young boy. After a very public 5-month trial, Jackson was acquitted on all counts in June 2005.

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Justin Bieber, 2014

The infamous pop star was arrested in January in Miami and was charged with drunken driving, resisting arrest and driving without a valid license after Miami Beach Police caught him street racing. He was released on a $2,500 bond.

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Lindsay Lohan, 2007

The troubled actress, who had just completed a stint in rehab, was arrested in Santa Monica, Calif., and was charged with drunken driving and cocaine possession. She was released on $25,000 dollars bail.

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Amanda Bynes, 2012

Bynes was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in West Hollywood, Calif., after side-sweeping a police car. She spent several hours in jail before being released on $5,000 bail.

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O.J. Simpson, 1994

Simpson was arrested in Los Angeles, Calif., and was charged with the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. He was acquitted in 1995 after a highly-publicized trial.

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Robert Downey, Jr., 2001

The actor was arrested in Culver City, Calif., for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Although he only spent a few hours in jail, the arrest cost him several important acting roles.

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Larry King, 1971

The television host was arrested for grand larceny in Miami after failing to pay money he owed to a business partner. The charge was dismissed by a judge, but King pleaded no contest to a charge of passing bad checks.

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Rodney King, 2011

King was charged with two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Riverside, Calif. He was released on $2,500 bail.

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Paris Hilton, 2007

The heiress was pulled over by Los Angeles police for speeding and was caught driving with a suspended license. It was also made known that she had failed to enroll in a mandatory alcohol education program. Hilton was found to have violated her probation from a previous sentence and was ordered to spend 45 days in jail.

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James Brown, 2004

The musician was arrested in South Carolina on a domestic violence charge. He pleaded no contest, but didn't serve any jail time.

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Michelle Rodriguez, 2007

The actress was arrested for violating her probation after failing to complete her required community service hours and alcohol education course from a hit-and-run case. She was sentenced to 180 days in jail, but was released after 18 days due to overcrowding.

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Kiefer Sutherland, 2007

Sutherland surrendered to police to serve a 48-day jail sentence after pleading guilty to a second drunk driving offense.

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Mel Gibson, 2006

Gibson was arrested for drunk driving after he was caught speeding and had a blood alcohol reading of 0.12 percent according to authorities. He pleaded no contest and was sentenced to three years probation.

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Brooke Mueller, 2011

Charlie Sheen's troubled ex-wife was arrested and charged with assault and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute in Aspen, Colo. She was released on $11,000 bail.

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Rush Limbaugh, 2006

Limbaugh turned himself in to authorities on a warrant for fraud to conceal information to obtain prescriptions. His record was eventually expunged.

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Bruno Mars, 2010

The singer was arrested in Las Vegas and charged with possession of a controlled substance after officers found him with 2.6 grams of cocaine. He pleaded guilty to cocaine possession and was sentenced to one year probation.

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Richard Sambora, 2008 

The Bon Jovi guitarist was arrested in Laguna Beach, Calif., on suspicion of driving under the influence. He pleaded no contest and received three years probation.

Heather Locklear, 2008

Locklear was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled substance in Santa Barbara, Calif. She was released on $5,000 bail.

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Mischa Barton, 2007

The actress was arrested on a drunk driving charge in Los Angeles. She was released on $10,000 bail.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr., 2010 

The boxer was arrested for a misdemeanor battery warrant at a Las Vegas casino. He was released after posting $3,000 bail.

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Vanilla Ice, 2008

The rapper, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, was arrested in Palm Beach, Fla., for allegedly assaulting his wife. He was released the following day.

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Hugh Grant, 1995

The actor was arrested in Los Angeles for misdemeanor lewd conduct after being caught with prostitute Divine Brown. He pleaded no contest and was fined and placed on two years' probation.

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50 Cent, 1994

The rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, served time in  a shock incarceration boot camp after pleading guilty to felony heroin and cocaine charges.

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Frank Sinatra, 1938

Sinatra was arrested for adultery and seduction in New Jersey. The charge was eventually dismissed.

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Zsa Zsa Gabor, 1989

Gabor was arrested in Beverly Hills, Calif., and was accused of slapping police officer Paul Kramer in the face when he stopped her for a traffic violation. She was later convicted of the charge and sentenced to three days in jail.

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Charles Ponzi, 1920

The famous con artist served three-and-a-half years in federal prison after being convicted of mail fraud.

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