CHICAGO (UKTN) — With the federal trial in Chicago for R. Kelly and two of his associates set to begin in less than two weeks, lawyers for one of the defendants – Derrel McDavid – filed a bizarre motion in court on Wednesday.
As UKTN 2 investigator Megan Hickey reported, the attorneys allege that the former chief prosecutor used a burner email address and false name to communicate with a potential witness.
The motion filed Wednesday morning alleges that the United States’ assistant attorney, Angel Krull, used the name “Demetrius Slovenski” and a private Gmail account when communicating with Jim DeRogatis, the journalist who worked for the United States several decades ago. first broke the story that R. Kelly allegedly sexually abused underage girls.
But DeRogatis said nothing inappropriate happened.
The motion was filed in US court by McDavid’s attorneys. McDavid is R. Kelly’s former business manager and he has been accused of helping cover up Kelly’s alleged crimes against young girls.
The attorneys say they were only made aware of communications between Krull, the former chief prosecutor in this case, and DeRogatis this week.
According to indictment documents, AUSA Krull referred to herself as “Demetrius Slovenski” and “created the email account with the username piedpiper312.”
The talks took place in April 2019, which was before the charges in the Chicago federal case.
“Megan, I’ve never shared anything with anyone — prosecutors or lawyers or sources — that hasn’t been published,” DeRogatis told Hickey on Wednesday.
The motion calls DeRogatis a “potential witness” because of his direct involvement in the 2002 R. Kelly investigation.
“I’ve gotten so many calls, texts, and emails going back to the anonymous facts that launched this story in November 2000,” DeRogatis said.
DeRogatis confirmed that Krull used that fake name and private email. He said his book, “Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly,” was a few weeks after publication at the time.
He has no indication that he will be called as a witness in the upcoming trial in Chicago, and a court spokesman said Krull left the US attorney’s office in 2020 and is no longer involved in the case.
“The fact that this information had been known to the government for years and was only disclosed to the defense less than two weeks before the trial creates at least the appearance of impropriety, which should be investigated,” wrote Beau B. Brindley. and Vadim A. Glozman, attorneys at McDavid.
DeRogatis doesn’t believe the filing should have much impact. He compared the latest filing to similar allegations made by the defense in Kelly’s 2008 Cook County Criminal Court child pornography trial, in which he was acquitted.
“I don’t think it means anything. I think, like in 2008, the defense is trying to say there was a massive conspiracy against Robert S. Kelly,” DeRogatis said. “Robert Kelly has been convicted of what Robert Kelly has done.”
We have reached out to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for comment on the former prosecutor’s use of a false name and private email address. A spokesperson declined to comment at this time and said they will submit a written response to the court by the end of the week.
Attempts to reach Krull were unsuccessful.
Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison in June in a federal sex trafficking case in New York. He is now being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Chicago and will return to trial at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse on August 15 for child pornography and obstruction of justice.
Federal charges against Kelly in Chicago accuse him of videotaping himself having sex with underage girls, paying hush money and intimidating witnesses to cover up his crimes and manipulate his 2008 Cook County child pornography case.
Kelly is also facing multiple charges for assault and sexual abuse in Cook County. The first of those trials has been postponed several times due to the pandemic and has yet to be scheduled.