R&B star R. Kelly may soon be indicted in Illinois following the discovery of a tape that allegedly shows him assaulting an underage girl, a senior law enforcement official told The New Yorker.

The official and two sources familiar with the matter confirmed the discovery in a report published by the magazine on Thursday.


The report arrives hours after attorney Michael Avenatti released a formal statement on Twitter in which he claimed to be representing “multiple clients in connection with allegations of sexual assault of minors” by the superstar. 

Avenatti also said in the statement that he had given a videotape showing “Kelly engaging in multiple sexual assaults of a girl underage” to Cook County state’s attorney Kim Foxx.

The attorney added in the statement that “the time frame of sexual assaults depicted in the video is within the Illinois statute of limitations.”

Kelly has long faced sexual misconduct accusations over the past several decades but has never been convicted of charges.

He was previously indicted in Illinois in 2002 on 21 counts of child pornography in relation to a tape that had reportedly been made in the late 1990s and appeared to show the singer sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl.

Kelly was later cleared of the charges in 2008.

The report comes as new documentary series, "Surviving R. Kelly," released last month revisits some of the sexual misconduct accusations brought against Kelly and scrutiny of the 52-year-old.