Chicago, IL – R. Kelly was arrested on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse on Friday (February 22) after turning himself in to Chicago police. At the center of the investigation is a sex tape allegedly showing the disgraced R&B star engaging in lewd acts with a 14-year-old girl.
Attorney Michael Avenatti, who is representing at least one of Kelly’s four alleged victims, shared three screenshots from the tape to his Twitter account shortly after Kellz was indicted on Friday afternoon.
“I will be addressing these photos during the press conference scheduled to begin shortly after 5pm ET (4pm CT),” Avenatti captioned the tweet.
There are four alleged victims in total. Attorney Michael Avenatti is representing at least one of the women named in Kelly’s indictment. He says the recently unearthed VHS tape shows Kelly engaging in lewd acts with a 14-year-old. The criminal sexual abuse charges are considered Class 2 felonies in Illinois, with each charge carrying a maximum sentence of three to seven years in prison.
Avenatti says he uncovered the VHS tape during a months-long investigation. CNN had a chance to view the tape and described two different scenes. One took place in a living room, while the other was in a bedroom.
According to court documents reviewed by CNN, Kelly owed more than $169,000 in unpaid child support to his ex-wife as of February 6. The court ordered Kelly to make a monthly payment of $20,833 on January 8, 2009, but Kelly failed to show up to that hearing, per court documents.
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Under the terms of his bond, Kelly must surrender his passport and is forbidden from having contact with anyone under the age of 18. On Saturday, Kelly’s bond was set at $1 million. To leave police custody, he’d have to pay 10% of the total, or $100,000. Kelly was unable to come up with the cash.