R. Kelly’s lawyer Steve Greenberg addressed reporters on Friday night after the singer was arrested in Chicago on sexual-abuse charges, saying he doesn’t believe the women accusing Kelly of sexual abuse.
“I think all the women are lying. Yes,” Greenberg said. “This has become, ‘Hey I can say R. Kelly did something, boom.'”
Kelly surrendered to the Chicago Police Department at approximately 8:15 p.m. local time on Friday where he was arrested. He has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx made the announcement of the charges earlier on Friday, alleging that between 1998 and 2010 the singer sexually abused four girls between the ages 13 and 17.
In his statement to the media following Kelly’s arrest, Greenberg lashed out at the state’s attorney and lawyers Michael Avenatti and Gloria Allred.
“Unfortunately the state’s attorney now succumbed to public pressure,” he said. “The pressure from grand standers like Michael Avenatti and Gloria Allred — and brought these charges.”
He called Kelly “strong” and said he was going to be “vindicated on all of these charges.”
Rumors and allegations of sexual abuse have followed Kelly for decades. In 2008 he was acquitted of charges of child pornography, and has settled with several women over sexual-misconduct allegations.
In July 2017, the #MuteRKelly movement began, and the #MeToo hashtag proliferated shortly after in the fall that same year.
Last week Avenatti, who also represents adult actress Stormy Daniels, the adult-film actress who alleges she had an affair with President Donald Trump, announced that he gave prosecutors video evidence that allegedly incriminates Kelly.
After Greenberg’s comments Avenatti tweeted, “Steve Greenberg is exactly what R Kelly deserves. Happy to be living rent free in this guy’s head.”