While it is true that reporters have a protection for inadvertent viewing of child porn as do most people, they are under an obligation to report it to federal law enforcement after viewing it.
Reporters have no such protections for viewing a video.
The only such protection would be less than three images (18 U.S.C. 2252A (d)) and that they destroyed them and reported them to federal law enforcement. Under any circumstance, they are required to report it to federal law enforcement.
There has been no reporting by this news organization that they did so while reporting on a current case involving the former A list singer/serial child rapist/child pornographer and have not made clear whether they saw less than three images which were then destroyed, or watched a video, and whether that copy was destroyed and reported to federal law enforcement.
CNN has seen tape Avenatti says shows R. Kelly having sex with underage girl
Prosecutors investigating R. Kelly are looking into a newly surfaced video featuring the R&B superstar, lawyer Michael Avenatti told CNN.
CNN has seen the VHS tape that appears to show Kelly having sex with a girl who refers to her body parts as 14 years old. Avenatti, who is representing a man he calls a whistleblower against Kelly, says he handed the tape to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago last weekend.
“My client knows the identity of the girl and R. Kelly. He identified the two of them on the videotape. He worked for and has known R. Kelly for decades and he met the girl on a number of occasions,” Avenatti said.
On Thursday, Avenatti tweeted out a statement describing the tape.
Steve Greenberg, Kelly’s attorney, told CNN he had not heard of the development.
“We are unaware of any new information involving Mr. Kelly,” he told CNN. “We have not been contacted by anyone. We have not been informed about any new information by anyone and we have not been contacted by law enforcement.”
Tandra R. Simonton, chief communications officer for the State’s Attorney’s Office said: “We cannot confirm or deny an investigation.”
What’s on the tape
The newly unearthed footage, which lasts 42 minutes and 45 seconds, is clear and explicit.
There are two scenes on the video: one apparently in a living room and another in a bedroom. A naked man who appears to be R. Kelly is seen performing multiple sex acts with the girl. She is heard calling him “daddy” multiple times.
It is impossible to know her age just from the video. They both refer to her “14-year-old p***y.” Six times the girl refers to her genitalia as 14 years old.
At one point, the man asks the girl to urinate. After she does, he urinates on her.
What is on the video mirrors some of the alleged acts for which Kelly was arrested for child pornography in 2002, when he was 35, and then acquitted six years later. – Source