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R Kelly could face indictment after new sex tape surfaces

Singer R Kelly. Photograph:( Reuters )

ANI Washington, DC, USA Feb 15, 2019, 08.33 PM (IST)

Prosecutors in Illinois are investigating a new sex tape that has surfaced, which shows singer-songwriter R Kelly having intercourse with an underage girl.According to reports in The New Yorker and CNN cited by Variety, a new tape against R Kelly has surfaced which shows him having sex with an underage girl.

The New Yorker report, which was written by Jim DeRogatis, who in 2002 broke the news of the sex tape that led to criminal charges against the 52-year-old singer, cites a senior law-enforcement official as saying that prosecutors may soon indict Kelly in Illinois.According to CNN report, it appears to show Kelly having sex with a girl who “refers to her body parts as 14 years old.”

CNN obtained the video tape through celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti, who is representing a man he refers to as a “whistleblower” against Kelly.“My client knows the identity of the girl and R Kelly. He identified the two of them on the videotape. He worked for and has known R. Kelly for decades and he met the girl on a number of occasions,” Avenatti said.

On Thursday, Avenatti tweeted a statement saying that he was retained by “multiple clients in connection with allegations of sexual assault of minors” by Kelly.

In a statement cited by Variety, Kelly’s lawyer Steve Greenberg said: “HAPPY VALENTINES DAY … The calls and emails I received were the first I’ve heard of these allegations. I understand that CNN says that they have seen this video. If the video were what it is claimed to be, by sharing it with CNN Mr. Avenatti would be committing a felony, as would the reporter who viewed it. … I have not been contacted by anyone connected with law enforcement, nor has R Kelly. Mr. Kelly denies that he has engaged in any illegal conduct, of any kind whatsoever. … All of the claims by these women were brought forth years ago, rejected by the police, and/or rejected by the courts, but now for their own gain they have rehashed them.”

The New Yorker describes the video tape in, saying that it shows the singer “sexually assaulting an underage girl,” citing the official and two other sources familiar with the tape. The video also shows the man asking the girl to urinate and after she does, he urinates on her.Based on CNN’s description, the video shows many similarities to the 2002 tape and also features the girl calling the singer “Daddy,” among other similarities to previous reports.

Allegations of sexual misconduct by Kelly towards young women date back to more than 20 years.Kelly was charged with child pornography in 2000 after a video surfaced that alleged to show him having sex with an underage woman. 

However, Kelly was cleared off all the charges in 2008 after that woman declined to testify against him.In 1995, when Kelly was 27 years old, he briefly married the late singer Aaliyah, who was 15 years old at that time.

In ‘Surviving R Kelly’ (a documentary series in which accusers came forward with allegations of sexual, mental and physical abuse against the singer) an executive who formerly worked with Kelly says he forged Aaliyah’s birth date on the marriage license to state that she was 18 and another witness said she saw Kelly and Aaliyah having sex.Last year, reports of Kelly holding women captive in a “sex cult” were published. Multiple other reports have surfaced over the years.