The videotape may soon lead to Kelly's indictment and arrest in IL, a senior law-enforcement official tells The New Yorker.
Chief Communications Officer for the State's Attorney's Office Tandra R. Simonton told CNN, "we can not confirm or deny an investigation". TheGrio has reached out to the Cook County State's Attorney Office for comment and to confirm receipt of the video.
R. Kelly could be put away behind bars if a new video circulating is authentic. He identified the two of them on the videotape.
Prosecutors said that that tape depicted Kelly, who was then 35, having sex with a girl as young as 13.
"We are unaware of any new information involving Mr. Kelly". We have not been contacted by anyone.
CNN, which obtained a copy of the new footage, described it as "clear and explicit". One is apparently in a living room and another in a bedroom. Kelly was acquitted of charges in 2008 over another sex tape that officials claimed showed him engaging in sex acts with a 14-year-old girl. She and the man both urinate on each other, per CNN, mirroring the acts Kelly was arrested for 17 years ago.
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Earlier this week, R. Kelly was in the center of more controversy after a CBS news crew from Atlanta allegedly spotted the singer leaving his studio in Chicago at hours he was not supposed to be in the location. If the video were what it is claimed to be, by sharing it with CNN Mr. Avenatti would be committing a felony, as would the reporter who viewed it. ...
He noted that the VHS video was "recently uncovered and recovered" and turned over.
Per Avenatti's team, this tape has never before seen the light of day, and while they are further investigating it they've also passed it on to appropriate legal authorities.
He said the events shown in the footage fell within the state of Illinois' statute of limitations.
For decades the artist - real name Robert Sylvester Kelly - has faced lawsuits and accusations over child pornography, sex with minors, operating a sex cult and sexual battery.
But last month's release of an explosive docuseries entitled "Surviving R. Kelly" has shed new light on the R&B luminary's checkered past, while a #MuteRKelly movement aimed at preventing his music from airing has gained steam.