The Latest on R. Kelly lawyer questioning role of Michael Avenatti in bring charges against Kelly (all times local):
R. Kelly’s attorney says the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office succumbed to pressure from attorney Michael Avenatti in bringing sex-abuse charges against the singer, saying that has tainted the entire case.
Steve Greenberg filed a motion Monday highlighting recent charges against Avenatti in New York alleging a shakedown of Nike, saying Avenatti’s legal issues cast doubt on his central role in encouraging charges against Kelly.
After a brief hearing Monday, Greenberg told reporters that Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx rushed “to prosecute because of pressure — all polluted — by Michael Avenatti.” He said prosecutors “got in bed with Avenatti and Avenatti is toxic.”
Avenatti tweeted Monday that Greenberg was “trying to distract attention away from the clear guilt of his client by raising bogus arguments about me and Kim Foxx.”
A lawyer for R&B singer R. Kelly says charges in New York accusing attorney Michael Avenatti of trying to shake down Nike raise questions about his role in helping Chicago prosecutors bring sex-abuse charges against Kelly.
Steve Greenberg says he intends to pursue the issue. A previously scheduled hearing in Kelly’s case is scheduled for Monday.
Kelly was charged in February. Investigators allege he sexually abused three girls and a woman in cases dating back decades.
Avenetti represents two Kelly accusers. Just days before charges were filed, he gave prosecutors a videotape allegedly showing Kelly abusing one girl.
A complaint in the Nike case says Avenatti mentioned Kelly when speaking to Nike executives, telling them he knew how to generate public outrage even if most allegations against someone weren’t true. Avenatti has denied any wrongdoing.