The case faced by R&B singer, R. Kelly is one of the most talked about and probably the messiest case involving a celebrity in 2019. There are just so many events taking place surrounding the different people that are involved in the infamous case. On Monday, in the newest twist and turn of the case, Kelly’s lawyer accused the state attorney, who alleged that R. Kelly is sexually abusing underage girls, of succumbing to the pressure from lawyer Michael Avenatti, saying that the involvement of the latter has irreparably tainted the proceedings.
Steve Greenberg, the lawyer who represents Kelly in the case, made the accusation through a court filing and in comments after a Monday pretrial hearing in Chicago, noting that the recent charges against Avenatti in New York that accuse him of trying to extort from Nike, is “toxic” for the case.
In an interview outside the courtroom after the pretrial, Greenberg said that there had been a “rush to prosecute because of pressure – all polluted – by Michael Avenatti.” He said prosecutors “got in bed with Avenatti and Avenatti is toxic.”
Previously, Avenatti said that he played a central role in prompting DA Kim Foxx to press charges against the R&B star by providing the state attorney with a video showing that Kelly had sex with a 14-year-old girl.
On Monday, Avenatti replied to Greenberg through a tweet where he said that Greenberg was “trying to distract attention away from the clear guilt of his client by raising bogus arguments about me and Kim Foxx.”
Last month, the legal representatives of the women alleging Kelly with sexual abuse as well as prosecutors of the case said that they hold fresh and robust evidence against R. Kelly. According to Cook County Prosecutor Kimberly Foxx, the alleged abuses took place across twelve years from 1998 – 2010.
New evidence has surfaced against R. Kelly including a video where he was caught during the act of the abuse and a t-shirt submitted by one of the victims containing Kelly’s DNA. Foxx alleges that the singer also spat on his victims during the attacks.
Kelly’s legal team requested to see the video mentioned above so that they can review it and prepare a defense.
The tapes were handed to the prosecutors by Michael Avenatti, who represents some people who are connected in the R. Kelly case, including the alleged victims.
Greenberg’s seven-page court filing asks Cook County Judge Lawrence Judge to order preservation of all the communications between Avenatti and the state’s attorney’s office and calls for an investigation of how Avenatti bring charges against Kelly.
The lawyer justified the request for the inquiry citing the charges against Avenatti in New York and another separate case of wire fraud in California.
The court document says that “Avenatti has acted as a de facto prosecutor” in the Kelly case, apparently, “with the full cooperation” of Foxx. It also noted that Avenatti has also acted “as an agitator” for Foxx, “saying what she could not.”
“Given the allegations against him one must wonder what he has told those he has interacted with in these matters, and what is true and what is not […] Obviously, he has been using his accusations against the defendant to divert from his own misconduct. He drums up problems for others to deflect from his own,” Greenberg added.
R. Kelly, one of the world’s most famous R&B artist, pleads ‘not guilty’ to all ten counts of aggravated sexual assault that he is facing right now. The plea was entered to a Chicago Court on February 25, by Steve Greenberg. The lawyer also notified the court that the 52-year-old has already surrendered his passport. Furthermore, as part of the bond, the talented singer is ordered to surrender his passport and was prohibited from making contact with anyone below 18-years-old.
Only recently, UAE officials denounced R. Kelly’s claims that he has a scheduled concert in Dubai after the singer requested the court to allow him to travel abroad, citing his lack of financial resources brought upon by the case and the unrelated lawsuit filed by his ex-wife for not paying child support.