Is is it a wrap now for R. Kelly?
R. Kelly’s woes are mounting and it may have reached the zenith with the latest turn. R. Kelly’s previous child-pornography charges, that included the niece of his mentor, Stephanie Edwards aka Sparkle, is now working with federal investigators on new charges. This is a contrast to her not cooperating in the 2008 charges.
Christopher L. Brown, is representing the woman from the original sex tape according to the New York Times. The tape, which was shown at Kelly’s 2008 child-pornography trial, allegedly features Kelly engaging in sex acts and urinating upon the woman, who was 14 at the time.
Although the footage was seen by the courts and multiple witnesses, the family, and young women declined to testify against the popular singer. The actions they took led jurors at the time to proclaim her refusal to cooperate was the main factor in their decision to acquit him.
Attorney Michael Avenatti claims that Kelly had paid the woman’s family $2 million not to testify, a claim Brown refuted; a similar claim is made in the federal indictments against Kelly.
To what degree, singer, Sparkle’s niece, is cooperating with authorities is still not official. People in Kelly’s circle interviewed in “Surviving R. Kelly” claim to have seen the woman on the singer’s property multiple times in recent years.
Stephanie Edwards made a statement tothe Times:
I’m beyond pleased to finally hear the mountain I’ve tirelessly worked on moving over the years is now being assisted with the help of my niece and her parents!
Of course I’m in full unwavering support of them and their act of courage!Stephanie Edwards aka Sparkle