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The arrest of controversial lawyer Michael Avenatti might help clear R. Kelly.
Avenatti’s credibility is now in question after he was indicted for fraud and extortion. Avenatti was arrested for attempting to extort Nike for around $20 million.
Federal prosecutors from New York issued the following statement in response to Avenatti’s arrest:
[Avenatti threatened to] use his ability to garner publicity to inflict substantial financial and reputational harm on the company if his demands were not met.
Avenatti’s credibility is pivotal to the R. Kelly sexual abuse case because Avenatti is the lawyer who obtained and submitted a tape to Cook County investigators that allegedly shows R. Kelly having sex with a 14-year-old girl.
R. Kelly’s defense team suggests that there is strong reason to believe that the footage may have been tampered with, due to Avenatti’s shady history.
Avenatti is mainly known for being the lawyer of porn star Stormy Daniels.