Kelly Investigation Uncovers Over 20 Underage Sex Tapes

Brenda Watkins
July 16, 2019

In indictments unsealed in Brooklyn, New York, and Chicago on Friday, the prosecutors said Kelly, 52, forcibly kept people under his control and then intimidated witnesses and bought their silence.

Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti said Monday that R&B singer R. Kelly paid $2 million to keep the alleged victim in a child pornography case off the witness stand during a 2008 trial that ended with his acquittal on all charges.

The arrest took place in Chicago R. Kelly is expected to return to NY for trial according to Variety.

Avenatti said he was given two of those missing sex tapes from the 90s featuring Kelly and under-aged girls. McDavid was released on a $500,000 bond and is scheduled to be back in court next week. He was also hit with federal child pornography and obstruction charges.

Brooklyn prosecutors urged in a court filing that Kelly be held without bond on the federal charges while they seek to have him sent to NY for a hearing that has yet to be scheduled.

Prosecutors say Kelly should not make bail and want him to remain in federal custody as they say he's a flight risk.

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According to a new report out in TMZ on Sunday morning, neither woman has been seen by anyone since the singer's most recent arrest, and the parents of at least one of the women apparently have reason to believe they could've made a suicide pact.

Avenatti's own legal problems raised questions about whether he is trying to help himself by aiding prosecutors in the Kelly case.

Kelly is facing 13 counts, including four counts of producing child pornography, and two counts of receiving child pornography.

He was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in February, with 11 new charges filed against him in May.

McDavid, who surrendered voluntarily to authorities, appeared briefly at a hearing in U.S. District Court in Chicago on Friday. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges.

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