Avenatti's statement reads: "We recently uncovered and recovered. a VHS videotape of Mr. Kelly engaging in multiple sexual assaults of a girl underage". A lawyer representing R. Kelly did not immediately respond to Yahoo's request for comment.
"My client knows the identity of the girl and R. Kelly". Avenatti added, "The time frame of the sexual assaults depicted in the video is within the IL statute of limitations".
Avenatti makes it clear in his press release that this video is new and has never been seen before.
The star was reported to have seduced a slew of young women with the promise of helping them kickstart a music career, only to "groom" them into being his personal sex objects for whom he allegedly controlled every aspect of their lives.
Michael Avenatti reportedly handed over the footage to CNN.
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Tandra Simonton, spokeswoman for Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, wouldn't confirm or deny the office is investigating.
Steve Greenberg, Kelly's attorney, said he has not had any contact with prosecutors and is confident his client has done nothing wrong. We have not been contacted by anyone.
According to CNN, the tape's contents are very similar in nature to the videotaped sexual assault on a 13-year-old teen back in February of 2002, although this is a totally different tape and victim. But Kelly was acquitted after the girl and her parents declined to testify.
Citing an anonymous senior law enforcement official, the New Yorker reports that legal action against Kelly could be forthcoming.
During the trial, it was questioned whether the man on the tape was the singer and whether an identifying mole on Kelly was visible in that video.
In January 2019, the release of a docuseries called "Surviving R. Kelly" on Lifetime television helped boost the public campaign against him.
Kelly and his attorney have for years denied allegations of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls.