Grand Jury Convened In R Kelly Case
A grand jury has been convened in Cook County, Illinois, in connection with new allegations against singer R Kelly, CNN reports, citing two sources close to the case, according to a report by Jem Aswad 0f the well known entertainment industry news magazine Variety.
The latest round of accusations against the singer, who has allegations of sexual misconduct against him dating back 25 years although he has never been convicted — arise in the wake of a new sex tape that shows the singer engaging in sex acts with an underage girl, according to reports in CNN and The New Yorker. Attorney Michael Avenatti claimed last week that he had given the tape to the State’s Attorney’s office.
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office and Steve Greenberg, an attorney for R Kelly, did not immediately respond to Variety‘s requests for comment. Greenberg told CNN on Monday he had not been notified of a grand jury.
While R Kelly was arrested and tried after a similar tape emerged in 2002, he was acquitted after the woman in the video declined to testify against him. Yet multiple, similar accusations of sexual misconduct have been leveled against the singer over the past 25 years, which were presented in harrowing detail in a Lifetime documentary released last month called “Surviving R Kelly.”
CNN, says it has viewed the tape, which appears show Kelly having sex with a girl who “refers to her body parts as 14 years old.” Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti, who is representing a man he says is a whistleblower against Kelly, told the network that he gave the tape to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago last weekend. Earlier on Thursday, Avenatti tweeted a statement noting that he was retained by “multiple clients in connection with allegations of sexual assault of minors” by Kelly.
Based on CNN’s graphic description, the video shows many similarities between the tape uncovered in 2002, and also features the girl calling R Kelly “Daddy,” among other similarities to previous reports.