Billboard.com is reporting that after allegedly turning over a second video to Chicago prosecutors last Thursday (Feb. 14), lawyer Michael Avenatti claims that a third tape of R. Kelly allegedly having sex with an underage girl exists. Avenatti took to Twitter on Saturday (Feb. 16) to say that he was in the process of retrieving the clip and turning it over to law enforcement.
“Update: We have become aware of the existence of a third tape, that allegedly shows further acts of sexual abuse of an underage girl by R. Kelly, which we are presently working to recover and turnover to law enforcement,” he wrote. “Due to the importance of ensuring justice is finally done in this matter and because we are deeply concerned that Mr. Kelly has not been held accountable for his sexual abuse of young African-American girls, whom are especially vulnerable, we have done so on a pro bono basis,” Avenatti said in a statement last week. According to Newsweek, the celebrity lawyer also shared what he claimed was evidence of alleged dirty tactics used by Kelly and his team to secure an acquittal during the singer's 2008 trial on 14 counts of child porn charges.
“We have now uncovered how R. Kelly was able to gain his acquittal in 2008: We have discovered substantial evidence that he and certain enablers engaged in systematic witness intimidation, evidence tampering, physical threats, and payments to witnesses,” Avenatti claimed. “They rigged the trial.”