R. Kelly’s lawyer wants law-enforcement officials to save all email communications among all law-enforcement arms and celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti, according to a new Monday filing. Steve Greenberg, the R&B singer’s attorney, alleges in the new filing that the State’s Attorney’s Office, led by Jussie Smollett prosecutor Kim Foxx, leaned heavily on accusations made by Avenatti and his clients when deciding to charge Kelly in four sex-abuse cases. “There are serious questions whether Kim Foxx was bullied or just simply manipulated by Avenatti and others,” the Greenberg motion states. “The communications are key to uncovering the answers.” Cook County Prosecutor Jennifer Gonzalez argued Monday that the State’s Attorney’s Office preserves all email regardless, as required under Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), but that it doesn’t have authority to order the Chicago Police Department not to delete its emails. Following the motion Monday morning, Avenatti tweeted that Greenberg is “now trying to distract attention away from the clear guilt of his client by raising bogus arguments about me and Kim Foxx. The evidence is the evidence. Multiple witnesses/tapes, plus DNA. R Kelly will be convicted for his sexual abuse of girls.” Avenatti is facing federal charges involving extortion, tax evasion and wire fraud in an alleged shakedown of Nike Inc. executives.
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