investigating R. Kelly in Illinois are on the hunt for more sex tapes that
allegedly show him with underage girls … and prosecutors are doing everything
they can to find footage.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … the U.S. Attorney’s Office
for the Northern District of Illinois is interviewing parties closely
associated with Kelly. We’re told prosecutors have been asking about the
possible existence of VHS tapes purportedly showing Kelly having sex with
Rumors about an alleged stash of R. Kelly sex tapes have been
floating around since Kelly went to trial on child porn charges back in 2008,
but it’s never been found … not by law enforcement, anyway.
As we’ve reported … the feds are building another case against
Kelly in Illinois, which we’re told is entirely separate from the 2
probes currently underway in New York — one by the Eastern District
and another by the Southern District.
We’re told feds in Illinois are investigating Kelly on 3
different fronts: sex trafficking, tax evasion and obstruction of justice.
In terms of obstruction … we’re told prosecutors have been
asking people close to Kelly an array of questions focusing on his 2008 trial,
believing Kelly and his handlers may have pressured witnesses. Some of the
questions involve alleged payoffs to prevent witnesses from testifying in court
or speaking out publicly.
We reached out to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, but it declined to
Meanwhile, R. Kelly’s attorney, Steven Greenberg, says, “The purpose of this, as with all investigations, is to see if there was or was not wrongdoing. It certainly does not mean there was.”