R. Kelly

R. Kelly's Crisis Manager Steps Down: Lawyer

Steven Greenberg said Johnson made the decision "for personal reasons"

R. Kelly's crisis manager Darrell Johnson is stepping down, Kelly's lawyer announced Monday. 

Steven Greenberg said Johnson made the decision "for personal reasons." 

"The defense wants to thank Mr. Johnson for his tireless assistance and looks forward to his return," Greenberg wrote. "He shares our confidence that this is an unprecedented assault against R. Kelly by others, for their own personal gain, and in the innocence of R. Kelly." 

Johnson previously made headlines when he was confronted during a press conference by a family who says their daughter was being held against her will by the famed R&B singer. 

"Mr. Kelly has declared his innocence from day one," Johnson, who says he has been working with the R&B star for six months, said after the latest indictments against Kelly. "I've seen nothing, and I do mean nothing, that would lead to any type of guilt."

Kelly is set to be transferred from Chicago to New York City for an Aug. 2 hearing on federal sex charges.

Kelly was already facing state sexual abuse charges in Illinois when he was arrested July 11 on federal indictments in Chicago and New York. He is being held in a Chicago jail without bond.

Among other accusations, prosecutors allege that the Grammy-award winner had sex with underage girls, that he filmed himself doing so and that he tried to cover it up.

A former Kelly employee, Milton "June" Brown, pleaded not guilty in Chicago on Friday to a federal charge of conspiracy to receive child pornography.

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