Attorney and advocate Michael Avenatti has stated R Kelly made a sex tape with a 14-year-old girl, which has now been viewed by reporters at CNN.
According to Avenatti, the VHS tape was discovered after multiple clients came to him and alleged Kelly, 52, had committed sexual assault against minors.
Avenatti has alleged the explicit VHS tape, which is 42 minutes and 45 seconds in length, shows Kelly committing multiple acts of sexual assault against an underage girl.
The video tape has reportedly ‘never previously been publicly disclosed,’ and has only recently been handed over to law enforcement.
I had to pull my car over upon hearing the report on @cnnbrk on @SIRIUSXM on that animal #RKelly yet another video has surfaced with him and a 14 year old. I will spare you the details. It’s horrific. When is that predator going to jail?!!
— Sophia A. Nelson (@IAmSophiaNelson) February 14, 2019
As reported by CNN, Avenatti is representing a man he has described as being a ‘whistleblower’ against Kelly.
Reporters at CNN, who have seen the tape, have revealed how the tape ‘appears to show Kelly having sex with a girl who refers to her body parts as 14 years old’.
Tweeting a statement today, Avenatti said his office has now handed the videotape over to Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx in Chicago:
As part of our effort to ensure that Mr. Kelly is finally held accountable for his repeated sexual assaults of minors spanning over two decades, we have provided extensive information, including the videotape described above and witnesses, to Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx in Chicago.
The statement continues:
Our work has been painstaking, detailed, expensive, and time consuming. Mr. Kelly is a predator and a criminal who has prayed on young, vulnerable girls for too long.
The time has come for him to finally be held accountable for his actions.
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
Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, has made the following statement on the matter to 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.
— Edgar (@momo_edgar) February 14, 2019
— Paula (@PaulaFilipa) February 10, 2019
As reported by CNN, the State’s Attorney’s Office have neither confirmed or denied an investigation relating to R Kelly.
If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article and wish to speak to someone in confidence contact the Rape Crisis England and Wales helpline on 0808 802 9999 (12-2:30 and 7-9:30). Alternatively you can contact Victim Support on 08 08 16 89 111.
Male Survivors Partnership is available to support adult male survivors of sexual abuse and rape. You can contact the organisation on its website or on its helpline – 0808 800 5005.
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications. When not Lad-ing about, she enjoys cooking, reading and trying not to fall over in Yoga.