CHICAGO, IL. (THECOUNT) — According to legal documents, R. Kelly “suffers from a learning disability that adversely affects his ability to comprehend,” adding, “in essence, he cannot read.”

The embattled crooner’s legal team told a judge why they believe he unlawfully lost his recent sexual abuse civil case, he couldn’t read the documents thus prepare.


Zaid Abdallah and Raed Shalabi, Kelly’s attorneys, filed legal docs claiming the singer was served in the civil case claiming he abused 16-year-old Heather Williams. Kelly was in Cook County Jail at the time for failing to pay child support and should not have been served there.

Kelly’s team claims, he had no idea what the legal papers were all about, so he didn’t take the appropriate steps after being served to defend himself.

The new legal docs also blast the fact Kelly was served while incarcerated, claiming Williams’ lawyers could have easily served Kelly’s criminal lawyer or delivered the docs to Trump Towers where he lives. Williams’ lawyer has said security at his residence made that impossible, but Kelly’s attorney calls BS on that, reports TMZ.

Williams won a default judgment against Kelly when he failed to appear for a hearing in the case.

Kelly’s legal team is asking the court to vacate the decision so he can properly mount his defense this time around. No word on if that include learning how to read.