*A Mississippi police officer suing R. Kelly for allegedly wrecking his marriage sought to have the judge overseeing the case step down.
Kenny Bryant sued the R&B hitmaker in 2017, claiming the singer’s affair with his wife Asia Childress ruined his life.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Circuit Judge Adrienne Wooten filed a recusal order stating she is granting Bryant’s motion and removing herself from the case due to her prior knowledge of the alleged affair.
Bryant alleges he and Wooten discussed “the affair he claimed that his then-wife was having with R. Kelly, the likely divorce, and whether she would represent him in that divorce, and if he had a cause of action against R. Kelly.”
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Via The Blast:
Back in January, Bryant filed court docs demanding Judge Wooten step down. Bryant claimed that prior to hiring his current lawyer, he originally sought out legal advice from Wooten.
He claimed to have spoken to the judge, who was at the time still a lawyer, “to obtain advice on his marriage, the affair that his then-wife was having with R. Kelly, the likely divorce, and whether she would represent him in that divorce, and if he had a cause of action against R. Kelly.”
He said, “In the course of his conversation, Plaintiff shared details regarding his relationship with his then-wife, and this potential suit with then-Attorney Wooten.”
The judge originally assigned to the case retired during the pendency of the case and Wooten replaced the judge in December.
He says the judge declined to represent him following their conversations but says a reasonable person might question now-Judge Wooten’s “impartiality in this matter.”
Back in 2017, Bryant sued R. Kelly, accusing him of carrying on an affair with his wife and ruining not only his marriage but his life. Mississippi is one of the only states that allow a person to sue another for breaking up their marriage.
Wooten replaced the judge originally assigned to the case, who retired during the pendency in December.
A new judge will now be assigned to preside over the case.