US District Judge Ann Donnelly confirms that the R&B singer still has time to change her mind
A lawyer for the R&B singer told a judge on Tuesday that R. The witness is unlikely to take sides in Kelly’s sex-trafficking trial.
Attorney Devereaux Cannick’s remarks, made with the jury outside the courtroom, led the defense to end their case. Trial in federal court in New York City.
The potential spectacle of Kelly’s testimony has always been a long shot. U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly said Tuesday that the defendant still has time to change his mind before closing the argument, which shook his head.
The final arguments of the prosecution are likely to begin on Wednesday afternoon.
R. Kelly Prosecutor Rest Case; Defense calls on singer’s aides to stand on sex-trafficking trial
Kelly, 54, has repeatedly denied allegations that behind the scenes of a 30-year career, highlighted by his 1996 megahit “I Believe I Can Fly,” he was a sexual predator who groomed his young victims. and exploited them. His lawyers portray the accusers as groups trying to take advantage of his fame.
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On Tuesday, accountant John Holder was among the latest former Kelly aides to testify to the defense that he never tormented his alleged accusers. Holder described seeing Kelly carrying a bag full of cash – proceeds from concerts – to take women and girls on a shopping spree.
At cross-examination, prosecutors displayed a piece of evidence to jurors in which Holder’s contributions were childlike: a flow chart of Kelly’s business depicting a red cartoon octopus.