Scott Legato/Getty ImagesA grand jury in Cook County, Illinois will hear sexual assault allegations against singer R. Kelly, according to TMZ.
The development reportedly was prompted by the revelation last week by attorney Michael Avenatti that he had a VHS recording of Kelly allegedly having sex with an underage girl, whom TMZ says was 14 at the time the video was recorded. The video, which Avenatti says came from a former a R. Kelly employee, is is “within the Illinois statue of limitations,” according to the attorney.
TMZ says sources “connected” to the investigation told them an unspecified number of women who claim R. Kelly sexually assaulted them were flown to Chicago by investigators to watch the tape so they could potentially point out anything in the video that might relate to their own alleged experiences and further assist investigators.
According to TMZ, R. Kelly attorney Steven Greenberg responded to their story by declaring, “I am unaware of any ‘special’ grand jury being convened to look into R. Kelly. There is no record of any such proceedings, and no need for them. The report is false.”
R. Kelly has been accused by multiple women over the past 20-plus years of sexual assault and other misconduct. Early last month, Lifetime aired a six-part expose, titled Surviving R. Kelly, which detailed the decades-long history of alleged predatory behavior by the singer.
Kelly has denied all the allegations.
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