NEW YORK (AP) – Prosecutors want R. A New York City jury in the Kelly sex-trafficking trial listens to profane video and audio recordings that they say demonstrate how he threatened his victims with violence.
On a 2008 tape, an enraged Kelly can be heard accusing an unidentified woman of lying before attacking her, according to a court document filed Tuesday in federal court in downtown Brooklyn.
“If you lie to me, I’m going to f— you up,” Kelly says.
The filing said the star R&B singer featured on another recording a second Florida woman identified as “Jane Doe” whom she accused of stealing a Rolex watch.
“You better never… take that from me again or I’ll be in Florida and something will happen to you,” he says. “Do you understand what I’m telling you?”
Prosecutors had planned to call the other woman as a witness. But he decided against it when he “began having panic attacks and emotional breakdowns” while listening to the tape in preparation for his testimony, the filing says.
The defendant bragged about having “cameras everywhere” in his Chicago studio and other locations that he used to monitor his victims, it adds.
Kelly, 54, has pleaded not guilty to racketeering and other charges, accusing her of sexually abusing multiple women, girls and boys during her 30-year singing career. They have vehemently denied the allegations, claiming that the women were the group that wanted to take advantage of the fame and fortune gained through hits such as “I Believe Can Fly”.
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The judge indicated on Tuesday that she would accept the government’s request to use the tapes as evidence in the trial that began on August 18. There was no immediate response to a message seeking comment from Kelly’s defense team.
The request came a day after another witness testified that he had seen Kelly in a “sexual position” with R&B phenom Aaliyah around 1993, when she was only 13 or 14. The woman also told the jury that Kelly had sex with her when she was 15 – the latest in a series of accusers who say he sexually abused her when they were young.
The woman – a former backup artist for Kelly, who testified not to use her real name – described opening a door on Kelly’s tour bus so that she appeared to kneel in front of Aaliyah and perform oral sex on the girl. Give. She said that she immediately closed the door and left without talking to Kelly about the encounter.
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The jury previously heard a former Kelly employee testify about how two fake IDs were used to clear the way for Aaliyah to marry after he began having sex with Kelly and was believed to be pregnant. It was done a marriage license that was put in evidence falsely listed her age as 18; Kelly was 27 years old at the time.
Prosecutors say Kelly wanted to use the marriage, which was later annulled, to protect herself from criminal charges related to having sex with a minor and to prevent her from testifying against him.
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.