Attorney Gloria Allred said Sunday that her client discovered a videotape that appears to show disgraced R&B singer R. Kelly sexually abusing underage girls. This would be the third such tape turned over to investigators in the past month.
“Sally and her husband (Gary) discovered, to their surprise, that they had a VHS tape that could be helpful in learning what had happened to these young girls who came into contact with R. Kelly. Sally and Gary felt that they had a moral duty to provide the tape to law enforcement,” she said at a news conference in New York, according to USA Today.
Allred said Gary Dennis contacted her after finding the VHS video. she helped him deliver the new “potential evidence” to investigators.
For more than two decades, Kelly has been trailed by allegations of sexual misconduct. Nearly two months after the docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly” aired, Kelly surrendered to Chicago police on Feb. 22. He was hit with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and faces three to seven years in prison for each count.
Before the arrest, attorney Michael Avenatti announced in February that he has new damning video evidence that he gave to prosecutors in Cook County, Illinois, where Kelly calls home in Chicago. The high-profile lawyer said in a statement that he was hired last April in connection to multiple allegations of Kelly sexually assaulting minors. He claimed to have a 45-minute VHS tape as evidence, which, despite its similarities, was not the same video got Kelly indicted in 2002 — and acquitted in 2008 — for child porn.
“Due to the importance of ensuring justice is finally done in this matter and because we are deeply concerned that Mr. Kelly has not been held accountable for his sexual abuse of young African-American girls, whom are especially vulnerable, we have done so on a pro bono basis,” Avenatti said in a statement.
Dennis said he discovered the alleged footage while cleaning out a box of VHS tapes that were stored away for a long time at his home in Pennsylvania. The tape was labeled “R. Kelly,” and he thought it contained old concert footage.
“To my shock and surprise, R. Kelly appeared to be on the tape, but not in concert. Instead, he was sexually abusing underage African-American girls,” he said. The video appears to have taken place in the 1990s.
Allred said her client does not know how the tape came into his possession, explaining that various friends have given him tapes over the decades.