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Avenatti: R. Kelly paid $2M to silence girl he assaulted

Jul. 15, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti said Monday that R&B singer R. Kelly paid $2 million to keep the alleged victim in a child pornography case off the witness stand during a 2008 trial that ended with his acquittal on all charges. "R. Kelly bought his acquittal," Avenatti said at a news...

The Latest: Avenatti says he represents 3 R. Kelly victims

Jul. 15, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the charges against singer R. Kelly (all times local): 1:15 p.m. Attorney Michael Avenatti says that he now represents three victims of singer R. Kelly, three whisleblowers who have information about the case and three parents of victims. Speaking at a press conference in...

Timeline of R. Kelly's life and career

Jul. 12, 2019 2:38 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — R&B singer R. Kelly, long trailed by lurid rumors, has been charged with aggravated sexual abuse involving multiple victims dating back two decades. A timeline of his life and career: — Jan. 8, 1967: Robert Sylvester Kelly is born in Chicago to Joann Kelly, a school teacher. R....

Attorney Michael Avenatti faces November trial in New York

Jun. 18, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — California attorney Michael Avenatti learned Tuesday that he faces a November trial date on charges he tried to extort millions of dollars from Nike. The Nov. 12 trial date was set by U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe at a pretrial hearing in Manhattan. Avenatti participated by...

Paraplegic man sues, says Avenatti kept settlement money

Jun. 13, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A paraplegic man previously represented by Michael Avenatti has filed a lawsuit alleging the embattled lawyer failed to pay him millions he was due in a settlement with Los Angeles County. Geoffrey Johnson filed the lawsuit Tuesday against Avenatti and his former associates. It...

State Bar wants to stop Avenatti from working in California

Jun. 3, 2019 11:46 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti says he'll fight a bid by the State Bar of California to keep him from practicing law in the state. The bar on Monday asked the State Bar Court to place Avenatti on involuntary inactive enrollment. It mentions accusations that Avenatti...

R. Kelly charged with 11 new sex-related counts in Chicago

May. 30, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors charged R&B singer R. Kelly on Thursday with 11 new sex-related counts involving one of the women who accused him of sexually abusing her when she was underage, including counts that carry a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, making them the most serious he faces. Cook...

The Latest: Kelly lawyer: latest charges 'not really new'

May. 30, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the sexual abuse case against R&B singer R. Kelly (all times local): 5:30 p.m. R. Kelly's lawyer says 11 new sex-related counts filed by Cook County prosecutors against the singer "are not really new." Prosecutors presented the new charges in a Thursday filing. Defense...

Timeline of R. Kelly's life and career

May. 30, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — R&B singer R. Kelly, long trailed by lurid rumors, has been charged with aggravated sexual abuse involving multiple victims dating back two decades. A timeline of his life and career: — Jan. 8, 1967: Robert Sylvester Kelly is born in Chicago to Joann Kelly, a schoolteacher. R....

Avenatti pleads not guilty to defrauding Stormy Daniels

May. 28, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The pugilistic and embattled attorney Michael Avenatti pleaded not guilty Tuesday to defrauding his most famous client, porn star Stormy Daniels, and seized the spotlight to toss a barb at President Donald Trump. Avenatti barely spoke during his three appearances before federal judges in...