The lawyer representing a porn star, Michael Avenatti, in a legal battle with US President Donald Trump revealed on Thursday his office has previously unreleased footage of R&B superstar R. Kelly having s*x with a young girl.
Michael Avenatti said his team discovered the graphic tape as representatives of multiple clients linked to accusations against the American singer, who has faced allegations of s*xual assault for decades.
Kelly denied the latest allegations on Thursday via his lawyer Steve Greenberg, who said “I have not been contacted by anyone connected with law enforcement, nor has R. Kelly.”
In a statement Avenatti said he gave the “new critical video evidence” against the artist to the Cook County State’s Attorney in Chicago, where Kelly, 52, lives.
“We will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that this predator is brought to justice,” Avenatti, 47, tweeted.
In response to press inquiries, attached is a stmt regarding our work on the R. Kelly matter since April, including the discovery of new critical video evidence establishing his guilt. We will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that this predator is brought to justice. pic.twitter.com/D0dGFzgXlX
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) February 14, 2019
The attorney has become a public figure since filing a lawsuit for adult film actress Stormy Daniels in March last year seeking to invalidate a 2016 non-disclosure agreement over an alleged affair with Trump in 2006.
He said the events shown in the footage fell within the state of Illinois’ statute of limitations.
The state’s attorney’s office said that it “cannot confirm or deny an investigation”, citing a law enforcement official, said an indictment is pending and Kelly could face arrest.
The tape, which is nearly 45 minutes long, is not the same video that saw Kelly face 21 counts of child pornography charges in 2002, a case in which he was acquitted six years later.