Michael Avenatti Shares Up-Close View Allegedly Showing R. Kelly in New Tape
After R. Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four alleged victims on Friday, lawyer Michael Avenatti spoke about the investigation. Avenatti is representing six people in the investigation, including two alleged victims, two parents, and two "whistleblowers."
He also shared screenshots of the new sex tape allegedly showing R. Kelly engaging in sexual acts with a 14-year-old girl.
Avenatti addressed the tape, explaining, "The tape was shot in the late ‘90s, approximately 1999, it depicts two separate scenes shot on two separate days within Mr. Kelly’s residence at the time. The audio on the tape, you can clearly listen to it — it is clear — the video is far superior to the video that was used in connection to the 2008 trial. It is an entirely different video."
He added, "It is also clear from other things that are depicted on the video that this is in no way role-playing during some sexual act,” he said. “It is clear that this young lady was 14 years of age during the time the video was shot. Mr. Kelly, throughout the video, stops what he’s doing, stops his acts of sexual assault and he proceeds to move the video camera and adjust the camera angle — zooming in, changing the direction of the shot and things of that nature. So there’s no question that he knew exactly what he was doing."
Avenatti concluded that he believes Kelly will be tried and convicted, adding that he hopes the controversial singer lives out the rest of his days in prison.