Merely two days after pleading innocent in a Chicago courtroom to 21 felony counts of child pornography, R&B singer R. Kelly may be in more hot water. Authorities in Orange County, Florida, say a local RV rental agency found four videotapes (all copies of the same video), inside a motor home that had been returned by men who claimed to have worked for the singer.
Police then passed the tapes over to Chicago police, who are investigating whether any of the people in the videos are underage.
"I'm not going to comment at all on the content of the tapes. We are currently reviewing them to determine if there's any criminal activity," says Chicago police spokesman Dave Bayless. But, he adds, "some of the content we haven't seen before, some of it we have."
Orange County Sheriff's Captain Bernard Presha said the tape featured "four different scenes, and four different women...the women came into a room and performed sex acts. In at least one [scene], he was paying the person."
However, "we could not determine that a crime was committed in our jurisdiction, so we simply forwarded the videotapes to Chicago police," he added.
On Thursday, Kelly's spokesman dismissed these latest sex-tape claims, accusing prosecutors of trying to "prejudice the jury pool" with "misleading information."
"They were not taken from Robert's house which was searched by the Florida police," his rep told Launch.com. "They came from some other unknown source. So we have no idea what they are. And the fact that they are leaking this stuff to the press indicates that they don't feel confident enough to proceed through the normal process of justice."
(edited by Papercuts! on 2.7.02 0741) --Jason Baldwin Writer of Stuff About Comic Books