Steven Greenberg, the lawyer for disgraced singer R. Kelly is now accusing prosecutors of "colluding" with Michael Avenatti to prosecute the singer.
Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti represents two of the four current Kelly accusers.
Kelly's defense team is seeking a court order to preserve all emails and other communications between Avenatti and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx.
Greenberg claims that there is evidence proving that Avenatti bullied or manipulated prosecutors into charging Kelly.
“We know what happened in this case was a result of his pressure, and nothing else. That’s what happened in this case; a rush to judgment, a rush to prosecute, because of pressure all colluded by Michael Avenatti," Greenberg told the press.
Back in February, Avenatti claimed that he had handed Cook County prosecutors with a 45-minute VHS tape showing Kelly having sex with an underage girl. In the video, Kelly allegedly referred to the girl as 14 years of age several times.
Just over a week later Kelly was indicted on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, involving four alleged victims, including three underage girls, including one attack allegedly recorded on tape.
Greenberg filed the motion following Avenatti's arrest on charges of extortion, wire fraud, and mail fraud.
“We’ve already seen that State’s Attorney Foxx has conversations with people about pending cases, pending investigations. I want to know what conversations she had with Avenatti about this case, about these facts, and what occurred,” he said.
Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Jennifer Gonzalez said prosecutors already are required to preserve all their communications, but said they have no authority to require police to do so, and noted there could be an issue requiring witnesses or accusers to do so if Avenatti is their attorney.
“The tip of the iceberg is the fact that counsel has already stated that Mr. Avenatti was the attorney for I believe all of these people. So we’re delving into the realm of attorney client privilege,” she said.