R Kelly filed new legal documents, asking the court to throw out charges for knowingly exposing sexual partners to herpes.
According to court documents obtained by TMZ, R Kelly says the legislature didn’t include herpes in the law because it’s “Not An Acute, Bacterial Venereal Disease.”
According to reports, the federal prosecutors accused Kelly of exposing 2 people to an STD in March 2020, and the charges were tacked on to his already long list of federal charges for allegedly sexually exploiting underage girls and young women.
However, Kelly’s legal team claims herpes does not fall under the roof of STDs, like syphilis or gonorrhea based on how the term has been defined by the New York State Department of Health and the World Health Organization.
The singer highlighted that the organization classify herpes as a virus, not a bacterial venereal disease and therefore, he wants the herpes-related counts dismissed.

The ‘Trapped In The Closet’ singer is also gearing up for his criminal trial in Chicago, and he is dealing with the recently added allegations that he groomed and molested a 17-year-old male he met at McDonald’s.