“R. Kelly may soon be indicted in Illinois because of a videotape that allegedly shows the singer sexually assaulting an underage girl,” The New York Post’s Page Six reports. “Multiple sources, including a law enforcement official, confirmed the contents of the video to The New Yorker.”
The report quotes a statement released today by lawyer Michael Avenatti, who’s representing multiple alleged victims of the R&B singer, in which Avenatti says: “Included in the evidence we recently uncovered and recovered is a VHS videotape of Mr. Kelly engaging in multiple sexual assaults of a girl underage. The tape, which is clear, is approximately 45 minutes in length and has never previously been publicly disclosed or, until recently, provided to law enforcement.”
The statement adds that the time frame of the alleged crime falls within the Illinois statute of limitations, The Post reports.
Avenatti adds in his statement: “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’s State’s Attorney Kim Foxx in Chicago.”
An attorney for Kelly responded on social media that his client has been “wrongly accused.” A post from the attorney says: “Credit to Avenatti for moving his alleged fraud from the focus to my client. As we have said before, #RKelly, since being wrongly accused years ago, has always followed the law. We will have no further comment.”
Allegations of sexual misconduct by Kelly spanning decades received renewed attention as a result of Lifetime’s recent production “Surviving R. Kelly.”