R. Kelly’s Lawyer Says He Might Get Last Laugh Amid Michael Avenatti’s Arrest

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Controversial singer R. Kelly might have caught the break of a lifetime with celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti going down this week on extortion and fraud charges. The crooner’s legal muscle has weighed-in on the lawyer’s sexual assault war against Kells possibly getting derailed.

According to Kells’ attorney, Avenatti has bigger things to now worry about than taking down his client.

R. Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, tells TMZ … now that Avenatti has been charged with extortion as well as bank and tax fraud, his credibility is now a centerpiece in the singer’s case — specifically, the circumstances surrounding how prosecutors obtained a key piece of evidence. That evidence, of course, is a sex tape that Cook County investigators claim shows R. Kelly having sex with an underage girl, who’s alleged to be 14 years old. It’s what many believe to be a smoking gun against R. Kelly … and the catalyst that led to a 10-count indictment. Greenberg says the issue of “chain of custody” — how Cook County got ahold of that tape via Avenatti — is now questionable. Greenberg strongly suggests the possibility the tape could’ve been altered before it got to prosecutors. (TMZ)

Yesterday, reports emerged about Michael getting taken down by New York federal prosecutors.

Prosecutors from the Southern District of New York said in a charging document that Avenatti tried to get the money by “threatening to use his ability to garner publicity to inflict substantial financial & reputational harm on the company if his demands were not met.” (Business Insider)

Avenatti allegedly threatened to cause Nike billions if the iconic brand didn’t bend.

According to the criminal complaint, Avenatti met in March 2019 with attorney for Nike and threatened to release damaging information about the company if Nike didn’t make millions in payment to himself and an unnamed co-conspirator. Avenatti also allegedly demanded that Nike pay $1.5 million to an individual he claimed to represent. “I’ll go take $10 billion dollars off your client’s market cap…I’m not f***ing around,” Avenatti said, according to the complaint. (CNN)

Over the past few weeks, Avenatti has aggressively gone after R. Kelly with a slew of sexual abuse allegations.

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Written by Rosario Harper

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