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The Latest: R. Kelly lawyer says he’s waiting to get video

May 7, 2019
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Musician R. Kelly, center, arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court building for a hearing Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)
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Musician R. Kelly, center, arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court building for a hearing Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the sexual abuse case against R&B singer R. Kelly (all times local):

10:45 a.m.

R. Kelly’s attorney says he’s still waiting for prosecutors to hand over videotape of what another attorney, Michael Avenatti, says shows the singer having sex with an underage girl.

Attorney Steve Greenberg said after a brief court hearing Tuesday that prosecutors say they will copy the video and turn it over to him.

Greenberg is also pressing prosecutors to turn over any communications they had with Avenatti before he gave them the video. Greenberg says he considers Avenatti a witness in the Kelly case, and not an attorney, in explaining why he thinks he’s entitled to the communications.

Avenatti represents two Kelly accusers but faces unrelated charges of embezzlement and extortion in California.

Kelly was charged in February with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse pertaining to four women, including three who were underage at the time the alleged abuse occurred.

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9:50 a.m.

R&B singer R. Kelly is back in court for a hearing in his sexual abuse case.

It is unclear what issues will be discussed at Tuesday’s hearing in Chicago, but one matter before the judge involves attorney Michael Avenatti.

Avenatti, who represented porn actress Stormy Daniels in her legal battles against President Donald Trump, represents two Kelly accusers. But after he was indicted on embezzlement and extortion charges in California, Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, filed a motion asking the judge to order that all messages between Avenatti and the prosecutors handling the Kelly case be preserved as possible evidence of inappropriate coordination and communication leading up to the charges.

Cook County Judge Lawrence Flood has not ruled on the motion.

Kelly was charged in February with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse.

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12:05 a.m.

R. Kelly is due back in court for a hearing on his sexual abuse case.

The R&B singer is required to attend Tuesday morning’s status hearing. It is unclear what issues will be discussed, but one matter before the judge involves attorney Michael Avenatti.

Avenatti, who represented porn actress Stormy Daniels in her legal battles against President Donald Trump, represents two Kelly accusers. But after he was indicted on embezzlement and extortion charges in California, Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, filed a motion asking the judge to order that all messages between Avenatti and the prosecutors handling the Kelly case be preserved as possible evidence of inappropriate coordination and communication leading up to the charges.

Cook County Judge Lawrence Flood has not ruled on the motion.

Kelly was charged in February with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse.

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