KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP/Getty ImagesThe disturbing accusations against R. Kelly continue to mount, with a former employee now claiming the singer has an archive of child pornography.
TMZ reports the former Kelly confidant testified before an Illinois grand jury on May 30, detailing how the embattled R&B singer would regularly record his sexual encounters with underage girls, collecting them as if they were trophies.
The unnamed employee further reportedly claimed that Kelly’s camp and members of his inner circle were well aware of his sexual abuses, and chose to help him seek out underage women rather than report him to authorities. TMZ reports this admission corroborated testimony given by several Kelly victims last week, who stated the singer’s inner circle, per the singer’s orders, transported them across state lines for sex when they were underage.
The unnamed employee also alleges that Kelly offered him or her a “large sum of cash” in exchange for one of the tapes, which was ultimately confiscated by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. According to the former Kelly affiliate, several other explicit tapes were turned over to federal authorities.
Kelly’s lawyer, Steve Greenberg, responded to the news in a statement to TMZ, declaring, “This seems to be the same claims that were made in the state case. We will address them in court.”
Last week, Kelly was hit with 11 new sex abuse-related charges, which include four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault.
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