R. Kelly made a tearful, emotional and angry defense against charges he bedded underage girls… who knew a third sex tape would surface? Super celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred revealed the new tape and said federal prosecutors now have it.
The newly discovered tape allegedly shows rapper Kelly, real name Robert Sylvester Kelly, “sexually abusing underage African American girls.”
Kelly is currently facing 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse in connection with three girls and one woman, but has denied the allegations.
Allred revealed the existence of the tape at a news conference in Manhattan. At her side was a man identified as Gary Dennis. He says he found the tape will going through a collection of old sports tapes.
He explained the discovery this way:
“Recently, I came across a box of VHS tapes that I have had in my home for many years. I love sports. And I was searching through the box to see which old tapes I wanted to keep, and which ones I wanted to throw out.
“I noticed a sports tape, but it also had R. Kelly’s name on it. I thought it was a recording of an R. Kelly concert.
“I watched the sports on the tape, then continued to watch what I thought would be an R. Kelly concert.
“To my shock and surprise, R. Kelly appeared to be on the tape, but not in concert. Instead, he was sexually abusing underage African-American girls. He was telling them what to do and what to say and it appeared that he was in control of the camera,” he said.
The lawyer insisted her client and his wife don’t know how they obtained the VHS tapes, except to say he collected them over the years.
R. Kelly attorney Steve Greenberg denied his client is on any tape with underaged girls. “The doubt here is self-evident, with reporting that the man on the tape kinda, sorta looks like R Kelly. That doesn’t make it him. It is not him,” he told TMZ.
Greenberg also took a shot–read cheap shot– at Dennis and his wife. He questioned whether they’d be prosecuted for possessing child pornography.
“It is obviously now just open season on R. Kelly. It is irresponsible to continue to take the speculation of every Tom, Dick and Harry, and report it as if it is fact,” he said.
VHS, short for Video Home System, is a consumer analog video recording technology that was popular in the 1970s. The tape is contained on cassettes. VHS was the dominant technology until 1997, when it was eclipsed by the DVD video-disc format.
Kelly began performing during the late 1980s and debuted in 1992 with the group Public Announcement. In 1993, Kelly went solo with the album 12 Play, which puts him well within the VHS era.
Allred said the Kelly sex tape could have come from friends. “He’s tried to think about it and…no idea. These are very old tapes,” she said.
She also said Dennis had never met Kelly or had any communication with him. He never even attended one of his concerts.
Allred said the girls in the video were assumed to be underage because they “were not fully developed.”
Chicago prosecutors already possess a recording that shows one alleged encounter between Kelly and an underage victim. But Allred said the new tape is not the same.
“We have heard that there may be many VHS tapes in circulation that…depict Mr. Kelly sexually abusing underage girls,” Dennis said. “We hope that anyone who may have possession of such tapes will contact Ms. [Allred] and turn over the tapes immediately.
“I can’t get the memory out of my head. I just can’t. It stays with me constantly.”
The tape is now in the hands of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
“CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King interviewed the R&B superstar about alleged sex with underage girls and a so-called “black room” at the singer’s former home where it’s alleged sexual acts took place.
The singer was equal parts outraged, angry, emotional and sobbing while claiming he was a victim.
Check out the video below.