R. Kelly

Lauryn Overhultz | Columnist

R. Kelly was back in court Friday — this time to ask the court for access to the alleged sex tapes that led to his 10 counts of sexual abuse charges.

The hearing Friday was the start of the discovery phase where the prosecutor began to hand over evidence to the court. Kelly’s legal team did not receive access to the sex tapes during this first phase of discovery, according to TMZ.

Kelly’s lawyer, Steven Greenberg, said they are most anxious to see the sex tapes that Michael Avenatti allegedly turned over to the prosecutors. Greenberg and Kelly have yet to see the tapes that reportedly show Kelly engaging in sexual acts with a 14-year-old girl. (RELATED: R. Kelly Reportedly Asked To Fly To Dubai For A Concert)

Greenberg claims that without access to the sex tapes, he can’t even begin to put together Kelly’s defense. If they believe that it is Kelly in the tapes, Greenberg says they will do a full forensic analysis on the tapes. If not, they’ll attempt to go straight to trial.

Kelly pleaded “not guilty” to 10 counts of sexual abuse charges in Cook County Court on Feb. 25. He recently filed a motion to request access to his passport so that he could perform outside of the U.S.

Source: The Daily Caller

Lauryn Overhultz | Columnist

Disgraced singer R. Kelly plans to ask the court for permission to fly to Dubai for concerts he was previously scheduled to perform.

These performances would be the first set of performances since Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse, according to a report published Wednesday by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Kelly’s lawyer, Steve Greenberg, plans to discuss the motion during Kelly’s scheduled court appearance Friday.

Kelly turned over his passport to the court when he posted his bail.

“[Kelly] needs to be able to work like anyone else who is free on bond, and the law needs to be adaptable,” Greenberg told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Multiple venues canceled their bookings with Kelly after the documentary detailing the sexual abuse allegations against him, “Surviving R. Kelly,” aired in January. However, Greenberg said Kelly is able to find venues abroad interested in hosting the disgraced singer. (RELATED: Parents Of R. Kelly’s Girlfriend Turn Over ‘Evidence’ To The Feds)

Greenberg noted, “The United States and the U.A.E. have great relations, and they are not going to jeopardize that relationship to harbor R. Kelly.”

Greenberg claims that despite the fact that Kelly used to have a passport, he has barely used it over the years: “He does not like to fly, but he will do what he has to do. He has bills to pay.”

Source: The Daily Caller

Lauryn Overhultz | Columnist

R. Kelly allegedly told live-in girlfriend Joycelyn Savage to lie to the police if they asked questions about their relationship, according to evidence from her parents.

The Savage family met with authorities last week and the family handed over digital evidence that they believe shows that Kelly allegedly brainwashed then used their daughter as a sex slave, according to a report published by TMZ Thursday.

Her parents claim that Kelly’s former assistant Cheryl Mack set up the meeting between Savage and Kelly that prompted her to immediately move in with Kelly without her parents’ knowledge. Savage was 19 years old at the time.

Her parents handed over emails, text messages and even audio recordings law enforcement told TMZ. The audio recordings allegedly reveal Kelly demanding Savage send him a text saying she was lying in case she ever turned on him. (RELATED: R. Kelly’s Girlfriends Claim Their Parents Are Using Them For Blackmail)

Savage’s parents have repeatedly claimed that their daughter has been held hostage in Kelly’s Trump Tower home.

Savage and Kelly’s other live-in girlfriend Azriel Clary sat down with Gayle King in an interview to deny the allegations that they were brainwashed and being held against their will.

“We both have our individual relationships with him, and we all are a family, all together,” Clary told King while Savage nodded in agreement.

Source: The Daily Caller

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