Michael Avenatti, who’s repping the family of Azriel Clary, handed over a tape of R Kelly allegedly engaging in a sex act with an underage girl, but the lawyer’s recent indictment for extortion and tax fraud may actually help R Kelly be set free.
The singer’s lawyer suggests that Avenatti had the footage altered before handing it off to Cook County officials. This idea could definitely raise doubt in the minds of the jury once the singer’s trial begins.
“Avenatti allegedly siphoned off a $1.6 million settlement he scored for a client in 2017 and hid it in a personal bank account that he controlled … but never told his client a thing about it. The U.S. Attorney alleges Avenatti used that money to fund his lavish lifestyle and to help pay for his coffee business in California and Washington State. – TMZ”