Is there a glimmer of hope for R. Kelly after being slammed with 10 counts of sexual abuse?
The singer’s lengthy list of legal woes, which include the damning ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ documentary that led to arrests for alleged sexual abuse and nonpayment of child support respectively, was only compounded with public embarrassment after an explosive CBS interview (click here to watch).
Yet, despite the numerous missteps, Stephen Greenberg – the Grammy winner’s lawyer – says the recent development surrounding the indictment of Michael Avenatti (the representative for the families alleging Kelly’s sexual abuse of their children) could be the smoking gun in seeing the ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ singer exonerated.
Steve Greenberg is calling into question the “chain of custody” of the alleged sex tape believed to be the smoking gun in the case against Kelly, TMZ reported. He said there’s a possibility that the tape — which allegedly shows the R&B star engaged in a sex act with a minor — could’ve been altered before it landed in prosecutors’ hands.
It’s been reported Michael Avenatti, who currently represents several of the R&B hitmaker’s alleged victims and their family members, got the tape from a person who’s attempted to extort Kelly before. According to reports, the person recently confessed he scored a whopping $1 million from the singer’s team to prevent the tape from going public in the past. This, however, brings into question how the tape got from the alleged extortionist to Michael. Note: Avenatti has publicly stated he turned over two sex tapes to authorities, but never clarified in detail how he obtained them.
Fast forward, Monday (March 25) saw Avenatti arrested for allegedly trying to extort $20M from Nike by threatening to release “damaging information” if they did not cough up the funds. During the reported scheme, which the 48-year-old did not know was being recorded, he reportedly stated:
“90 percent of [what I’m going to share with the public] is going to be bulls–t because it’s always bulls–t 90 percent of the time, always, whether it’s R. Kelly or Trump, the list goes on and on — but 10 percent of it is actually going to be true, and then what’s going to happen is this is going to snowball.” [source]
If Greenberg can use the indictment to raise doubt among the jury members regarding Avenatti’s motives, it could help to throw the case.