Avenatti: R. Kelly Allegedly Paid $2m to Silence One of the Girls He Abused
R. Kelly's legal woes have been piling up in the past couple of weeks after stacks of evidence have surfaced against him. The most recent blow is that R. Kelly allegedly paid his victim $2 million to keep quiet and off the witness stand during his 2008 trial on child pornography.
According to celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti, R. Kelly "bought his acquittal" during the 2008 case, saying Kelly has been trying to prevent his victims from going public in the past couple of years. The lawyer adds that he paid at least one associate a whopping $100,000 to trace down sex tapes of him with minors which had gone missing.
Avenatti confirms that he represents three of Kelly's victims, their parents, and three associates of Kelly whom he called "whistleblowers."
His controversial statement comes just a couple of days after R. Kelly's ex-staff turned over more than 20 sex tapes to the FBI that led to the singer's most recent arrest.
Child Pornography Cases
Thanks to his own employees, R. Kelly is about to face a lot more charges after they presented tapes of him having sex with underage girls.
Gerald Griggs, the attorney who represents Joycelyn Savage's family, reveals that the federal investigation officers now have the tapes with them which will be used against him in the ongoing case. The tapes were exactly what the FBI needed to secure indictments for sex crimes, which now include child pornography.
Piles of Charges
His most recent 13-count indictment includes 4 counts of producing child pornography and 2 counts of receiving child pornography. Last month, he pled not guilty to 11 counts of sex crimes which does not include his first charges.
R. Kelly is set to stand trial in the next couple of months and will continue to stay in jail until the cases have been resolved.
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