Kim Foxx

Report: Michael Avenatti Met R. Kelly Prosecutor Kim Foxx at O'Hare Before Charges Filed

Phone texts suggest chief Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx worked closely with attorney Michael Avenatti before bringing sexual abuse charges against singer R. Kelly, including by meeting Avenatti during a layover at O'Hare International Airport.

The Chicago Tribune reported Thursday on the Feb. 9 meeting based on text messages obtained through an open records request. They show Foxx even arranged an office at O'Hare where they could talk privately. Avenatti thanked Foxx for "being so accommodating."

A trove of documents obtained Tuesday by NBC 5 from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office show that Kim Foxx was concerned Jussie Smollett, “a washed up celeb who lied to cops,” was being over charged. NBC 5’s Trina Orlando has the latest on the ongoing saga.

Kelly's lawyer, Steve Greenberg, argues the case is tainted by the involvement of Avenatti, who has since been charged with embezzlement and extortion. Avenatti denies the charges. Kelly prosecutors have said Greenberg's claims are baseless.

Avenatti represents two Kelly accusers and gave prosecutors video purporting to show Kelly having sex with a minor. Kelly denies abusing anyone.

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