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R. Kelly’s lawyer is asking prosecutors to share a video that allegedly shows the singer sexually assaulting a minor, telling reporters that he still has not been given a copy.
Kelly is facing 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse, with prosecutors accusing the 52-year-old singer of victimizing three girls and one woman. Prosecutors are said to be in possession of as many as three tapes that allegedly show Kelly involved in sexual relations with a minor female, but Kelly’s lawyer, Steve Greenberg, said after a hearing Tuesday that he and his client have still not been given, or have ever been shown, the alleged tape, CBS Chicago reports.
“The state has the tape. I can’t get it from them. They have to produce it,” he said, according to the outlet. “They have an obligation to produce it. Maybe the squirrels are working slowly.”
At Tuesday’s hearing, Greenberg stated that he is attempting to work with prosecutors to ensure that all correspondence between Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office and celeb attorney Michael Avenatti is protected, according to CBS Chicago. Avenatti is representing at least one Kelly accuser and reportedly supplied prosecutors with two damning tapes, but Avenatti has since been hit with a myriad of criminal charges in a separate case, something that Greenberg thinks will help Kelly’s case. (Foxx is also facing criticism for her office’s handling of the Jussie Smollett case.)
If Greenberg and prosecutors are unable to come to an agreement on the communication, Greenberg will have to file a supplement to his motion explaining why he believes the correspondence is relevant to Kelly’s case, a judge declared Tuesday, according to CBS Chicago.
Kelly, who has pleaded not guilty, also appears to have grown his defense team, with the outlet noting that at least five more attorneys joined Greenberg at Tuesday’s hearing. He and his team are reportedly due back in court for the criminal case on June 26.
Kelly’s legal troubles are plentiful. A judge recently ruled against him in a sex abuse lawsuit by default, after he failed to show up to court or respond to the suit. Kelly’s team is seeking to have that judgment vacated, however, and are claiming that Kelly never responded because he can't read.
The “Bump n’ Grind” singer will also be in court on Wednesday when he attends a child support hearing, CBS Chicago reports. Kelly spent a weekend in jail earlier this year after he failed to pay back child support owed to his ex-wife; he was released after his debt was paid by a donor who chose to cover the bill anonymously.
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