The R&B singer is facing trial for allegedly sexually abusing women, girls and boys for more than two decades.
A jury in the sex trafficking trial of R&B singer R Kelly resumed deliberations in New York City on Monday after beginning final deliberations last Friday.
The jurors began the day by sending a note to the judge, asking for transcripts of testimony and legal explanation by two of Kelly’s former employees.
The panel of seven men and five women began deliberations for the first time last week in a federal court in Brooklyn before taking the weekend off. The move comes after prosecutors and defense lawyers completed final arguments in the high-profile case last week after several days of testimony.
Kelly, 54, who is perhaps best known for the 1996 smash hit “I Believe I Can Fly,” has accused him of sexually abusing women, girls and boys for more than two decades. pleaded not guilty to
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He has also been charged with multiple violations of the Mann Act, which makes it illegal to transport anyone “for any immoral purpose” across state lines.
Several witnesses gave explosive testimony at trial, most of whom recounted how the artist subjected them to perverse and tragic whims at an early age. He has denied any wrongdoing.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Nadia Shihata said in a fiery rebuttal of the defense’s closing argument in federal court in Brooklyn that portrayed Kelly as a victim of false accusations.
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But, he added, “he is not a genius, he is a criminal. He is a hunter.”
He said his alleged victims “are not groups or gold diggers. They are humans.”
Prosecutors say their evidence proves how Kelly, with the help of some loyal members of his crew, used tactics from “The Predator Playbook” to sexually abuse his victims.
Tactics included isolating them in a hotel room or its recording studio, subjecting them to abusive rules such as making them “daddy” and shooting video recordings – some seen at trial by a jury – sexually with one of them. to have ties and control them as another means, prosecutors said.
In his closing, defense attorney Deveraux Canick told the jury that the testimony of many of the accused was full of lies, and that “the government allowed them to lie.”
Canick argued that there was no evidence that Kelly’s accusers were compelled to do anything against their will. Instead, Canick said, Kelly’s girlfriends stuck around as he spoiled them with free airfare, shopping spree and fancy dinners — treatments that belied the predatory label.
“He gave them a lavish lifestyle,” he said. “That’s not what a hunter should do.”