R. Kelly Is Now Reportedly Being Investigated By An Illinois Grand Jury
"I will be very surprised if he ever walks free another day in his life," celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti said.
R. Kelly is now believed to be under investigation by a grand jury assembled in Cook County, Illinois.
CNN reports county officials convened the jury; however, Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx has refused to comment on the group. In general, grand juries and their activities are kept confidential until the results of their investigations are ready to be revealed to the public.
Foxx’s office was recently given a videotape by celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti that is said to show Kelly having sex with a minor.
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CNN obtained a copy of the tape and reports it features a man who seems to be Kelly engaging in multiple sex acts. Both Kelly and his partner reportedly repeatedly refer to the female partner’s “14-year-old p***y.” The female partner can also be heard calling Kelly “daddy.” Like the tape that saw Kelly tried for child pornography, CNN notes this tape also includes urination.
One of the musician’s lawyers, Steve Greenberg, said he hasn’t heard anything about the grand jury and maintained his client’s innocence on Monday, Variety reports.
“No one from law enforcement has contacted me or my client regarding any potential investigation,” Greenberg said. “I can tell you that I am unaware of any proceedings, and do not anticipate any charges.”
Avenatti believes otherwise, telling WGN, "The tape is within the statute of limitations necessary to charge R. Kelly, and I am confident that in the coming days R. Kelly will be indicted, he will be arrested, and I will be very surprised if he ever walks free another day in his life."
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Saturday, Avenatti claimed he’s learned of yet another incriminating R. Kelly sex tape.
The lawyer wrote on Twitter, “We have become aware of the existence of a third tape, that allegedly shows further acts of sexual abuse of an underage girl by R Kelly, which we are presently working to recover and turnover to law enforcement.”
Update: We have become aware of the existence of a third tape, that allegedly shows further acts of sexual abuse of an underage girl by R Kelly, which we are presently working to recover and turnover to law enforcement.— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) February 16, 2019
On Sunday, Avenatti wrote his firm has also uncovered evidence proving Kelly won his 2008 child pornography trial by engaging in illegal behavior.
“We have discovered substantial evidence that [Kelly] and certain enablers engaged in systematic witness intimidation, evidence tampering, physical threats, and payments to witnesses,” Avenatti wrote. “They rigged the trial.”
We have now uncovered how R Kelly was able to gain his acquittal in 2008: We have discovered substantial evidence that he and certain enablers engaged in systematic witness intimidation, evidence tampering, physical threats, and payments to witnesses. They rigged the trial.— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) February 18, 2019
Greenberg responded to this allegation by saying, “Mr. Kelly denies that he has engaged in any illegal conduct, of any kind whatsoever. … All of the claims by these women were brought forth years ago, rejected by the police, and/or rejected by the courts, but now for their own gain they have rehashed them.”
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