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Avenatti says R Kelly paid witnesses to 'rig' 2008 trial

1 year 8 months 6 days ago Friday, February 22 2019 Feb 22, 2019 February 22, 2019 11:33 AM February 22, 2019 in News - AP National

By SARA BURNETT
Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) - Attorney Michael Avenatti says he has evidence R. Kelly and his "enablers" paid witnesses and others to "rig" the outcome of the R&B star's 2008 trial, when he was acquitted on child pornography charges.

Avenatti told The Associated Press that's one piece of information he'll present at a news conference Friday in Chicago.

Kelly has denied allegations of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls for years. His attorney didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.

Avenatti said last week he gave the Cook County State's Attorney's office a videotape he says shows Kelly having sex with an underage girl.

On Thursday, two women said Kelly picked them out of a crowd at Baltimore after-party in the mid-1990s and had sex with one of them, who was 16.

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