(Los Angeles, CA-AP) — L.A. prosecutors are charging celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti in a 36-count federal indictment. Avenatti has been indicted by a federal grand jury for fraud, perjury, failure to pay taxes, embezzlement and other financial crimes.
The grand jury in Southern California believes that the former lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels stole millions of dollars from five clients and used shell companies and bank accounts to cover it up.
The announcement comes just days after Avenatti was hit with criminal complaints in L.A. and New York. He was arrested in New York for an alleged plot to extort money from Nike.
U.S. attorney in Los Angeles Nick Hanna went over some of the details of the new indictment, including defrauding a paraplegic client of a four-million-dollar settlement then using the cash for his coffee business and auto races. Avenatti allegedly took nearly three-million from another client’s legal settlement and bought a jet. Hanna said that jet has been seized.
(Chicago, IL-AP) R. Kelly’s legal team wants to see any communications between Cook County prosecutors and indicted attorney Michael Avenatti that involves the musician.
In a motion filed yesterday, attorney Steven Greenberg, who is defending Kelly against aggravated criminal sex abuse charges, said there are serious questions about whether Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx was manipulated by Avenatti or others in Kelly’s case. This comes as Avenatti last week was hit with federal charges accusing him of trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike.
In February, Avenatti claimed he turned over a VHS tape to prosecutors showing Kelly sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl. Avenatti represents two of Kelly’s accusers. Foxx has also faced criticism recently after her office abruptly dropped all charges last week against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollet with little explanation. Greenberg cited the Smollet case saying the State’s Attorney is able to be “influenced and wowed.”
(New York, NY-AP) — Two women who live with R. Kelly are defending him. Azriel Clary and Jocelyn Savage spoke to Gayle King on “CBS This Morning” and said they love Kelly even though their families claim the R&B singer has brainwashed them.
The 21-year-old Clary and 23-year-old Savage also said there is nothing inappropriate about their relationship with the 52-year-old singer. Kelly has been accused of criminal sexual abuse. CBS News will air a primetime interview with R. Kelly tonight.
(Chicago, IL) – R&B singer R. Kelly says allegations he sexually abused underage girls are not true. In an interview with CBS This Morning’s Gayle King, Kelly said he would have to be stupid to hold girls against their will with the history of accusations against him.
Kelly said the accusations started from a previous trial when he was acquitted. The interview is scheduled to air today and Thursday on CBS This Morning.
(Chicago, IL) – There was much speculation that R.Kelly would be arrested on a no-bond warrant preventing the singer from seeing his freedom likely ever again. But that wasn’t the case as the multi-platinum recording artist walked of a Chicago area jail after a few days in custody on sexual abuse charges.
Kelly was seen exiting jail grounds with his attorney and that’s it. No security was on hand to help the Grammy winner get through the mob of media that was waiting for him. He didn’t have any words for the reporters.
Kelly, born Robert Kelly, turned himself in on Friday after being indicted on accusations he sexually abused several underage girls as well as a woman between 1998 and 2010. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Kelly hopped in a van, somewhere changed clothes and was later spotted at an area McDonald’s and a cigar bar called BIGGs. Kelly’s freedom could be compromised again if he doesn’t pay 160k in back child support by March 6th.
(Chicago, IL-AP) – Reports say R. Kelly is being charged with ten counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The Cook County, Illinois State’s Attorney charged the R&B superstar after they received a videotape allegedly showing Kelly having sex with an underage girl.
Michael Avenatti, lawyer to porn star Stormy Daniels, said he provided the tape to prosecutors. Kelly has recently been accused by several women of sexual abuse. The Cook County office is also overseeing the prosecution of Empire actor Jussie Smollett.
(AP) – R. Kelly says he plans to sue everyone involved in the new Lifetime docu-series about his alleged sexual misconduct. The six-part series Surviving R. Kelly features testimonies from women accusing him of mental, physical and sexual abuse.
It also includes interviews with some of Kelly’s family members and associates. The singer said he did not know many of people on the show, and that the people who made the series have a personal vendetta against him. Surviving R. Kelly just premiered last week, and its first episode broke Lifetime’s viewership record.
(SL) – R. Kelly is facing new accusations related to sexually abusing minors. The latest, made by a former girlfriend in a BBC documentary, says the singer grooms girls as sex “pets,” including one as young as 14.
The girlfriend says she realized the Kelly was trying to groom her as well. The woman said Kelly made the girl crawl around and perform a sex act on her. Kelly hasn’t commented but has previously denied any improper behavior.