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R Kelly’s legal team seek access to videos provided as evidence in sex abuse investigation

By | Published on Friday 22 March 2019

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R Kelly’s legal team will today request access to the video tapes that have been submitted as evidence in the new criminal case against the musician, who is accused of aggravated sexual assault against four women – three of whom were underage at the time of the alleged incidents.

A number of videos alleged to show Kelly sexually abusing underaged girls have been handed in to American police since a new focus fell on the many abuse accusations made against the pop star after the screening of the ‘Surviving R Kelly’ documentary. Most of the tapes have been submitted by a lawyer called Michael Avenatti, who has stated that at least one of the recordings “leaves no question as to Mr Kelly’s guilt”.

The musician’s attorney, Steven Greenberg, has told TMZ that prosecutors should begin handing over so called ‘discovery materials’ to the defence team at a court hearing later today. It’s not known what materials will be among the first set of evidence shared, but he is most keen to get his hands on the videos.

According to TMZ, Greenberg says he will “immediately order a full forensic analysis of the tapes … if he and Kelly believe the tape does show the singer”. However, if they reckon it is not, in fact, Kelly in the recording, “Greenberg says he’ll speed things up to trial”.

Kelly continues to deny all the allegations that have been made against him. And when the most recent video was submitted to police, allegedly showing the musician abusing young girls, Greenberg again insisted his client was innocent, remarking that it was “now just open season” for making allegations against Kelly.