Wednesday 8 May 2019. R Kelly’s attorney Steve Greenberg was in court yesterday pushing for prosecutors to hand over a copy of a tape which purportedly shows his client having sex with an underage girl. Kelly’s legal man says he and his team have not yet seen the tape, one of several another lawyer – Michael Avenatti – claims to have uncovered in his own investigations.
Greenberg also again called for all communications between Avenatti and the Cook County State Attorney’s office to be handed over. Though at a hearing last month, said State Attorney noted that all communications were already public anyway.
Speaking to reporters outside the court, Greenberg said: “Everyone treats [Avenatti] like a lawyer in this case [but] he’s a witness, so treat him like a witness. He says he’s got this tape [so] he’s a chain of custody witness”.
“The state [now] has the tape”, he added. “I can’t get it from them. They have to produce it. They have an obligation to produce it. Maybe the squirrels are working slowly”.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Avenatti said that he was confused as to what Greenberg was doing. The tape is only of use to Kelly’s case if he can prove that it has been “doctored”, claims of which he dubbed “ludicrous”.
He added that Greenberg’s continued attacks on him as the criminal case continues are perplexing, stating: “If Steve Greenberg is hanging his defence of R Kelly on Michael Avenatti, R Kelly better start preparing to spend the rest of his life in prison”.
Kelly is, of course, accused of sexually assaulting four women between 1998 and 2010, three of whom were underage at the time of the alleged crimes. If found guilty, the musician could be sentenced to up to 70 years in prison.
He is next due in court on the criminal charges on 26 Jun. However, he is also set to appear in court today for the latest hearing in his unpaid child support case. Kelly spent time in jail in March after he failed to pay an outstanding $161,000 bill. He was released when an anonymous person paid the money.