Woman says it was her, R. Kelly in key video at 2008 trial


CHICAGO (AP) — A woman who has been at the center of R. Kelly’s legal troubles for more than two decades testified on Thursday that the R&B singer sexually assaulted her “hundreds” of times before she turned 18 and that she and Kelly were on a videotape. were at the heart of his child pornography trial in 2008, in which he was acquitted.

Jane – the pseudonym for the now 37-year-old woman as she testified – paused, pulled on a necklace and dabbed her eyes with a tissue as she first publicly stated that she was the girl in the video and that the man was Kelly.

When the prosecutor asked her age, she calmly said, “14.” Kelly, 55, would have been about 30 years old at the time.

In addition to allegations of child pornography and seduction of minors, Kelly is also charged with conspiracy to manipulate that 2008 trial by intimidating and paying off the girl to make sure she wouldn’t testify then.

Some jurors who presided over the 2008 trial, which was based on state charges, said they had no choice but to acquit the R&B star because the girl—by then an adult—had not testified. In the stands Thursday, Jane admitted she lied to a state jury in 2002 when she said it wasn’t her in the video.

“I was afraid something bad was going to happen to Robert,” she told the judges why she wasn’t telling the truth at the time, calling Kelly by his full first name. “I protected him.”

She added that there was another reason why she lied about the identity of the person in the video. “I didn’t want that person to be me either,” she told the jury. “I was ashamed.”

Dressed in a white coat and face mask before testifying, Jane remained on the government witness stand for more than four hours. Kelly’s attorney would have her chance to question Jane starting Friday morning.

A prosecutor asked Jane late in the day on Thursday why she decided over the past few years to start talking honestly about what happened to Kelly, who Jane said she continued to care for, and sometimes lived with into her 20s. .

“I was exhausted from living with its lies,” she replied. She added that federal prosecutors assured her that she would not be charged with lying to authorities if she testified truthfully at the trial.

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Previously, Jane also became emotional when she was asked to explain why Kelly can be seen in the video handing over her money. She said it was a precaution against anyone accusing him of abusing a child if the video ever fell into the hands of authorities.

“If anyone saw the tape… he wanted me to look like a prostitute,” Jane said.

She described how her parents confronted Kelly in the early 2000s about whether he was having sex with their daughter. Kelly fell to his knees and begged her parents to forgive him, Jane testified. She said she later begged her parents not to do anything to get Kelly in trouble, telling them she loved him.

As she spoke, Kelly mostly stared at the defense table and rarely looked up at her. She, too, rarely looked in his direction.

She previously testified that Kelly sexually abused her “hundreds” of times before she turned 18, starting when she was 15. She said they had oral sex in the video and she was 14 at the time.

Jane told judges that in the late 1990s, when she was 13, she asked the Grammy-winning singer to become her godfather because she saw him as an inspiration and mentor.

She said Kelly would call her in a few weeks and say sexual things. She told the judges that she was 15 when they first had intercourse.

When asked by a prosecutor how she would know what to do sexually, Jane replied, “He would tell me what to do.” When asked how many times they had sex before she turned 18, she calmly replied: “Countless times. … Hundreds.”

A federal judge in New York has sentenced Kelly to 30 years in prison this year before his 2021 conviction for using his fame to sexually abuse fans.

During opening statements on Wednesday, Prosecutor Jason Julien sought to prepare jurors for the testimony of prosecutors, including Jane, and remind them that a core problem at the trial remained the exploitation of often frightened and confused children — though the prosecutors would argue with jurors. speak now mature are adults.

Kelly’s lead attorney pleaded with the jurors not to accept what she said the prosecution portrayed her client as “a monster,” explaining that intellectual challenges, including illiteracy, forced Kelly to rely on others as his career took off and sometimes led astray by his neighbors.

Speaking softly and hesitantly, Jane first took the stand on Thursday, describing her upbringing in a musical family in suburban Chicago, including being homeschooled as part of a touring music group she joined when she was about 12 wash.

Jane first met Kelly in the late 1990s when she was in high school. She had gone to Kelly’s recording studio in Chicago with her aunt, a professional singer who worked with Kelly. Shortly after that meeting, Jane told her parents that Kelly would become her godfather.

Prosecutors have said Kelly shot Jane’s video in a log cabin-themed room in his North Side Chicago home between 1998 and 2000. It shows the girl calling the man “Daddy.”

In the early 2000s, an aunt of Jane showed her parents a copy of a video in which she said their daughter was having sex with Kelly. When confronted by Kelly, he told them, “You’re either with me or against me,” a government file says.

The parents saw it as a threat.

Kelly, who rose from poverty on Chicago’s South Side to become a star singer, songwriter and producer, knew that a 2008 conviction would end his life as he knew it, and so prosecutors say he colluded to solve that process.

Kelly has been haunted by complaints and accusations about his sexual behavior for decades. After the #MeToo era and the six-part documentary “Surviving R. Kelly.”

Kelly also faces four counts of seduction of minors for sex at the Chicago trial — one for four other prosecutors. They are also expected to testify.

Two of Kelly’s associates, Derrel McDavid and Milton Brown, are co-defendants. McDavid is accused of helping Kelly resolve the 2008 trial, while Brown is accused of receiving child pornography. Like Kelly, they have also denied wrongdoing.


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