1. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Avenatti, attorney representing R. Kelly accusers:
"Mr. Kelly, through multiple means, had paid the young victim and her family over $2 million not to testify and come forward in connection with the 2008 trial. So to those R. Kelly fans who want to talk about the 2008 trial and the fact that he was acquitted, it was bogus. R. Kelly bought his acquittal. He bought this victim and their parents and ensured that the truth was never told to that jury in 2008."
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Chicago - 15 July 2019
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Avenatti, attorney representing R. Kelly accusers:
"R. Kelly and those around him obstructed justice in connection with the 2008 trial. Those are some of the charges that he now faces, and I am highly confident that when all the evidence is heard that he will be convicted along with others around him of obstructing justice in connection with the 2008 trial."
Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti said Monday that R&B singer R. Kelly paid $2 million to keep the alleged victim in a child pornography case off the witness stand during his 2008 trial that ended with him acquitted of all charges.
R. Kelly bought his acquittal," Avenatti told reporters at a news conference in which he provided more details of what he said has been a years-long effort by Kelly to prevent his sexual abuse of several underage girls from becoming public.
He said Kelly paid at least one associate $100,000 to hunt down videos of him having sex with a minor that had gone missing.
Avenatti said he represents three alleged victims, three parents of victims, two associates of Kelly and one other person.
Avenatti's comments come just days after federal prosecutors announced they'd indicted Kelly in New York and Chicago on charges that he and his entourage recruited girls and young women to engage in illegal sexual activity and covered it up by paying and threatening witnesses and victims.
The 52-year-old Kelly was arrested and remains in federal custody. He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday for a bond hearing, during which prosecutors are expected to argue that he should remain locked up because he is both dangerous and a flight risk. His attorney has denied the allegations.