Legal officials are now questioning the validity of Michael Avenatti in the R Kelly case, following the arrest of Avenatti on federal extortion charges.
R.Kelly’s lawyer Steve Greenberg has called into question the “chain of custody” of the alleged sex tape, which is believed to be an integral part in Kelly’s sexual abuse case. Greenberg alleged Avenatti could have doctored the tape prior to it being given to prosecutors.
Avenatti was one of the legal officials responsible for bringing the child abuse sex tapes back in the spotlight, following the premiere of Lifetime’s docu-series “Surviving R. Kelly.” He also represented majority of Kelly’s alleged victims and their family members and received the sex tape from a person who in the past extorted Kelly.
In fact, according to reports, the man reportedly told Chicago prosecutors that Kelly paid more than $1 million to block the tape from being released, which Greenberg feels begs the question of how Avenatti got the tapes in the first place. According to TMZ, Avenatti turned over two sex tapes to prosecutors, but Greenberg said he only knows about one.
Kelly is facing 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of four victims, including three minors. Meanwhile, Avenatti was arrested on Monday on extortion charges, after he allegedly tried to extort Nike out of more than $20 million by threatening “to release damaging information” about the company.