New York City jury hears women and men claiming that the singer had prepared them for unwanted sex
R. Kelly sex trafficking trial ended their case on Monday after prosecutors called dozens of witnesses over the past month who detailed the government’s sweeping charges against the singer.
The defense began its case later in the day by calling Kelly’s loyalists to the witness stand in an attempt to cast doubt on some of the accusers’ accounts.
A New York City jury has heard several women and two men who were in Kelly’s celebrity class tell the panel that they framed her for unwanted sex and psychologically tormented her – mostly when they were teenagers – 1990 In the episode of the decade. His accounts were supported at least by former Kelly employees, whose own testimony suggested he was essentially paid to look the other way or to actively enable the recording artist.
Kelly’s lawyers must find ways to counter the testimony of accusers accused of perverted misconduct over three decades. Amidst the disturbing floats: his crew locking a radio station intern in a room where he sexually assaulted her while she fainted; Witnesses claim she gave them shingles without disclosing they had STDs; And Kelly shot an embarrassing video of an alleged victim rubbing feces all over her face as punishment for breaking arbitrary rules to protect her fragile ego.
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On Monday, childhood friend Larry Hood, who worked security for Kelly as an off-duty Chicago police officer in the early 2000s, claimed that he saw Kelly abusing underage girls. never seen A defense lawyer also asked if he saw his friend locking someone in the room.
“No, sir,” replied the Hood. If he saw this he said, “As a police officer, I have to take action against him.”
On cross-examination, Hood admitted that he was fired by the police department in 2007 after a guilty plea in a counterfeit money case, although he was found to keep his pension.
A large portion of the testimony focuses on an infamous scandal involving its youngest and best-known alleged victim: R&B phenom Aaliyah. One of the last witnesses described seeing Kelly sexually abuse Aaliyah around 1993, when Aaliyah was only 13 or 14 years old. The former backup artist also told Jury Kelly that he sexually abused her when she was 15 – another in a series of accusers who say he abused her when they were younger .
jurors had previously heard evidence about a fraudulent marriage plan Alia was hatched to protect Kelly for fear of getting pregnant. a marriage license that was put in evidence falsely listed her age as 18; He was 27 years old at that time.
Aaliyah, whose full name was Aaliyah Dana Houghton, worked with Kelly, who wrote and produced her 1994 debut album “Edge Ain’t Nothing But a Number”. He died in a plane crash in 2001 at the age of 22.
The last government witness was an expert witness on abusive relationships. Don Hughes testified about studies showing that many abusers systematically isolate, humiliate, subjugate, and spy on their victims as a means of control – all allegedly used by Kelly. Strategies. In general, Hughes said, it’s not unusual for powerful people like Kelly to be surrounded by underlings who “knew about it and did nothing.”
The 54-year-old defendant, who was born Robert Sylvester Kelly, has pleaded not guilty to racketeering charges that accuse him of running a Chicago-based enterprise of managers, bodyguards and other employees who made him his own. Helped with the recruitment and transportation of victims. That alleged trip violated the Mann Act, which makes it illegal to transport anyone “for any immoral purpose” across state lines—the same law that sent rock legend Chuck Berry to prison in 1959.
Kelly, whose song “I Believe I Can Fly” topped the charts, has vehemently denied the allegations, claiming that the women were the group that wanted to take advantage of their fame and fortune until the #MeToo movement took hold. did not turn them against him.
Oddly, members of the press and the public haven’t actually seen the jailed Kelly in person since the trial began on Aug. US District Judge Ann Donnelly told people not directly involved in the case from the courtroom had the coronavirus. Caution.
Observers have been confined to an overflowing courtroom, leaving them to attempt to follow the case via a video feed.