R. Kelly’s legal troubles are far from over.
On Monday (June 3), TMZ reported one of Kelly’s former employee’s told a grand jury there are more child sex tapes featuring the 52-year-old singer engaging in sexual encounters with underage girls.
On Thursday (May 30), the ex-employee allegedly told the grand jury Kelly kept the recordings as “trophies.” Also in their testimony, the former employee reportedly admitted the embattled singer paid “a large sum of cash” in return for one of the recordings, however, the footage was still somehow turned over to Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx.
Sources told TMZ the unidentified employee testified they turned over “several other child sex tapes” featuring Kelly to federal authorities. The former employee also claimed Kelly’s associates knew about his alleged criminal behavior but remained silent. According to the source, the ex-employee told the jury that members of Kelly’s crew would help him find young girls to traffic across the country.
This comes after reports that federal prosecutors from the Northern Illinois U.S. Attorney’s Office have reached out to several parties “closely associated” with the “I Admit” singer over alleged sex trafficking claims. Homeland Security has also launched a separate human trafficking investigation against the Grammy Award-winner.
In February, Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Since then, he has been arrested and released twice. The disturbing charges, three of which allegedly involved minors, followed Lifetime’s explosive, six-part docuseries, “Surviving R. Kelly,” which aired in January.
Kelly’s lawyer, Steve Greenberg, responded to TMZ’s latest report about more child sex tapes, telling the outlet, “This seems to be the same claims that were made in the state case. We will address them in court.” Kelly has pleaded not guilty and maintains his innocence in all of the charges, including the additional 11 counts of sexual assault and abuse he was charged with last Thursday (May 30).