Disgraced R&B musician and accused sexual abuser R. Kelly could soon be arrested over a previously unseen video tape which allegedly shows him sexually assaulting an underage girl, according to a new report.
Citing a senior Illinois law enforcement official, Chicago journalist Jim DeRogatis said authorities are in possession of a forty-five-minute video tape which allegedly shows the singer abusing a girl who identifies herself as 14 years old.
DeRogatis’ report comes after Michael Avenatti, the lawyer best known for representing adult film star Stormy Daniels in her legal battles against President Donald Trump, said he was representing the apparent whistleblower who provided the tape to authorities.
Speaking to CNN, Avenatti said his client identified both parties in the video.
“He worked for and has known R. Kelly for decades and he met the girl on a number of occasions,” Avenatti said.
CNN reports they have seen the “clear and explicit” tape.
In a separate statement posted to Twitter, Avenatti said the video, which is unrelated to the footage which led to Kelly’s 2008 acquittal on child pornography charges, has been handed to Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx.
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
While Foxx did not comment to DeRogatis the matter, the New Yorker reporter said law enforcement sources believe the video could potentially lead to the singer’s indictment in the near future.
Steve Greenberg, Kelly’s lawyer, told CNN “We are unaware of any new information involving Mr. Kelly.
“We have not been contacted by anyone. We have not been informed about any new information by anyone and we have not been contacted by law enforcement.”
DeRogatis has covered the allegations against Kelly for years. In addition to breaking the 2002 news of the other tape which allegedly showed Kelly abusing an underage girl, in 2017 DeRogatis published allegations that Kelly has held women in abusive, “cult”-like relationships.
Both of those issues were covered extensively in the docu-series Surviving R. Kelly, which is slated for its Australian television premiere next week.
Kelly and Greenberg have both denied the allegations laid out in the series.
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