Following R.Kelly’s attempt to ban anyone who has seen the ‘Surviving R. Kelly‘ docuseries from being a juror in his trial, jurors will be shown a graphic video of the disgraced singer allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl.
The Chicago trial is centred around the accusations that R.Kelly enticed minors for sex, produced child pornography, and fixed his 2008 state child pornography trial at which he was acquitted.
However, one central focus of the trial this month will be on whether Kelly threatened and paid off a girl with who he allegedly videotaped himself having sex with the victim.
Kelly was about 30, and the girl was no older than 14.
That is the allegation underpinning another of the charges against Kelly, conspiracy to obstruct justice.
Glamsquad recalls that jurors in the 2008 child pornography trial acquitted the singer, with some later explaining that they felt they had no choice because the girl did not give evidence.
The woman, now in her 30s and referred to in court filings only as Minor 1, will be the government’s star witness.
When she gives evidence, prosecutors explained in court Monday, that they will not use her real name and will not refer to her as Minor 1. Instead, they will call her by a single pseudonym, Jane.
U.S. Assistant Attorney Jason Julien during opening statements on Wednesday, 17th August said that much of the world knew Kelly by his hit song ‘I BELIEVE I CAN FLY‘ but argued that was ‘Kelly’s public side.’
“Kelly had another side … a hidden side, a dark side,’ he said. ‘This trial is about Kelly’s hidden side.”
Julien sought to give jurors a sense of the scale of Kelly’s alleged exploitation, saying he ‘repeatedly‘ had sex with girls who were just 14, 15 and 16 years old – ‘multiple girls, hundreds of times.’
The trial is expected to last about a month.
Glamsquad recalls that the disgraced R&Be singer was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment at a federal prison in June after his conviction in Brooklyn federal court on nine counts, including racketeering and violations of the Mann Act.
The US Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn filed court papers saying Kelly remained on suicide watch ‘for his own safety,’ following a psychological assessment.