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Chicago - 1 April 2019
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1. R Kelly publicist Daryll Johnson and R Kelly attorney Steve Greenberg walking to microphones
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Steve Greenberg, R Kelly's attorney:
"We know and two of the cases he represents people we know that he was representing people before the grand jury. We know that he's not a licensed lawyer in Illinois. So that's the unauthorized practice of law. We know what he says about what he does. We know how he operates. And we know that what happened in this case was a result of his pressure and nothing else.
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Steve Greenberg, R Kelly's attorney:
They just don't do this. They don't bring back cases that were rejected 15 years ago. They don't indict cases without talking to witnesses and doing a thorough investigation. And that's what happened in this case, a rush to judgment, a rush to prosecute because of pressure, all polluted by Michael Avenatti."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Steve Greenberg, R Kelly's attorney:
"The DNA that I've seen thus far is not new DNA tests, it's the same DNA information they had when they rejected these charges years ago. And I don't need to respond to Mr. Avenatti. You know, Mr. Avenatti thinks that he is, he is the truth is the oracle of truth. I think the federal prosecutors disagree in New York he is entitled to presumption of innocence like anyone else but they disagree. The tapes don't bear that out. The prosecutors in California disagree. When somebody, when everything somebody touches is like this. What happened here is is they got in bed with Avenatti and Avenatti is toxic. Everything he touches seems to blow up. And that's what's going to happen here."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Steve Greenberg, R Kelly's attorney:
"I also have a problem with the fact that he was representing witnesses before the grand jury and he is not licensed to practice in Illinois. That is the unauthorized practice of law and it's improper. I'm sure he'll say otherwise. I suggest people take a look at the law."
R. Kelly's attorney accused the state's attorney Monday of succumbing to pressure from attorney Michael Avenatti in bringing sex-abuse charges against the R&B singer in Illinois, saying his involvement has irreparably tainted the case.
Steve Greenberg made the accusations in a court filing and in comments after a Monday pretrial hearing in Chicago, highlighting recent charges against Avenatti in New York that accuse him of trying to shake down Nike.
Greenberg told reporters outside court there has been a "a rush to prosecute because of pressure — all polluted— by Michael Avenatti." He said prosecutors "got in bed with Avenatti and Avenatti is toxic."
The accusation that the office of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx cooperated too closely with Avenatti comes amid criticism of her office's handling the Jussie Smollett case. In a surprise decision last week, Foxx's office dropped charges against Smollett that accused him of staging a racist, anti-gay attack on himself.
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