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Stormy Daniels’ lawyer says new video shows R. Kelly having sex with underage girl

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UPDATE: Veteran reporter Jim DeRogatis, who has reported on R. Kelly for decades, says in The New Yorker that “a law-enforcement official said that an indictment is pending and Kelly could be arrested soon.”

Lawyer Michael Avenatti, who you might remember from headlines he made representing Stormy Daniels in her defamation suit against Donald Trump, has submitted a videotape to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office that he says shows R. Kelly having sex with an underage girl, CNN reports. Avenatti tweeted a statement about the tape, which you can read in full below. “Approximately ten months ago, in April 2018, my office was retained by multiple clients in connection with allegations of sexual assault of minors by musical artist Robert Kelly,” he writes. “Following our retention, we proceeded to thoroughly and quietly investigate the allegations through witness interviews and the examination of documents/evidence throughout the United States… 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. This tape, which is clear, is approximately 45 minutes in length and has never previously been publicly disclosed or, until recently, provided to law enforcement.”

Avenatti told CNN that he is representing a “whistleblower against Kelly,” and that his 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.”

CNN has viewed the tape, which they call “clear and explicit.” In it, CNN says, a “naked man who appears to be R. Kelly is seen performing multiple sex acts” with a girl who refers to her body parts as 14 years old, but whose actual age isn’t possible to discern from the video itself. The man in the video also urinates on the girl, CNN says.

Kelly’s lawyer Steve Greenberg told CNN, “we are unaware of any new information involving Mr. Kelly. We have not been contacted by anyone. We have not been informed about any new information by anyone and we have not been contacted by law enforcement.”

Chief Communications Officer for the State’s Attorney’s Office Tandra R. Simonton told CNN, “we cannot confirm or deny an investigation.”

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