Prosecutors wrap up as R Kelly’s trial moves to the next stage

Prosecutors wrap up as R Kelly’s trial moves to the next stage

New York – Prosecutors in the trial of R.

Several women and men who were in Kelly’s celebrity orbit testified about how he groomed them into unwanted sex and their psychological torture – mostly when they were teenagers – in episodes dating back to the ’90s. Their accounts were at least partially backed by Kelly’s former employees whose own testimony indicated they were primarily paid to look the other way or effectively enable it.

The defense will now begin contacting Kelly’s former employees in an attempt to discredit some of the defendants’ accounts.

Kelly’s lawyers must find ways to counter the testimony of defendants who allege a three-decade-long cluster of corrupt misconduct. Among the disturbing frescoes – his entourage locked an intern at a radio station in a room where he sexually assaulted her during her death; Witnesses claim that he gave them herpes without revealing that he had an STD; Kelly released an outrageous video of one of the alleged victims showing her contaminated faeces on her face as punishment for breaking abusive rules meant to protect his fragile ego.

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Much of the testimony focused on the infamous scandal that had its youngest and most famous victim: R&B phenom Aaliyah. One final witness described seeing Kelly sexually assaulting Aaliyah around 1993, when Aaliyah was only thirteen or fourteen years old. The former performer also told the jury that Kelly also sexually abused her when she was 15 – another person in a string of defendants who said he abused them when they were underage.

The jury had previously heard evidence of a fraudulent marriage scheme set up to protect Kelly after he feared he might have become pregnant with Aaliyah. a marriage license that was falsely proven to be 18 years old; He was 27 years old at the time.

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Alia, whose full name is Dana Hutton, worked with Kelly, who wrote and produced her 1994 debut album, Age Not a Thing but a Number. She died in a plane crash in 2001 at the age of 22.

The last government witness was an expert in abusive relationships. Dawn Hughes has testified about studies showing that many abusers isolate, humiliate, subjugate and systematically spy on their victims as a means of control – all tactics Kelly is alleged to use. In general, it’s not unusual for powerful people like Kelly to be surrounded by followers who “knew it and didn’t do anything,” Hughes said.

The 54-year-old defendant, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, has pleaded not guilty to extortion charges that accuse him of running a Chicago-based company that included managers, bodyguards and other employees who helped him recruit and transport his victims. The travel violated the Mann Act, which makes it illegal to transport anyone across state lines for “any immoral purpose” — the same law that sent rock legend Chuck Berry to prison in 1959.

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Kelly vehemently denied the accusations, claiming that women were groups who wanted to take advantage of his fame and fortune until the #MeToo movement turned them against him.

Oddly enough, journalists and the public have not seen the imprisoned Kelly in person since the trial began on August 18. US District Judge Ann Donnelly has banned people not directly involved in the case from attending the courtroom over what she described as the coronavirus. Precautionary.

Attendance of observers is limited to a courtroom, which leaves them to try to follow the case through a video broadcast.

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