R. Kelly accused of sexually exploiting 17-year-old boy in sex-trafficking trial

R. Kelly's sex trafficking trial moving forward with jury selection after multiple delays

2021-08-31 08:14:50

NEW YORK (AP) — After a number of days of testimony from ladies claiming they had been groomed and sexually abused by R. Kelly, a person took the witness stand at Kelly’s sex-trafficking trial in New York Metropolis on Monday to say the R&B star exploited him in the identical means when he was a highschool pupil.

The witness, testifying in federal courtroom in Brooklyn with out utilizing his actual identify, instructed a jury how Kelly lured him to his Chicago-area dwelling in 2007 with false presents of serving to him along with his fledgling music profession.

Kelly requested the alleged sufferer, then 17, “what I used to be keen to do for music,” the witness stated. He replied, “I will carry your baggage. … Something you want, I will be keen to do.”

“That is not it. That is not it,” he stated Kelly responded earlier than asking him if he ever fantasized about having intercourse with males. He described how Kelly then “crawled down on his knees and proceeded to offer me oral intercourse,” though, “I wasn’t into it.”

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Afterward, “he instructed me to maintain between him and me,” he stated.

R. Kelly has been accused of sexual misconduct by a person, who claimed that the singer carried out undesirable oral intercourse on him when he was solely 17.
(AP Photograph/Nam Y. Huh, File)

In a later episode, Kelly snapped his fingers to summon a unadorned woman from the place she was hiding below a boxing ring to offer Kelly and the witness oral intercourse, the person instructed the jury.

He stored seeing Kelly after that as a result of “I actually wished to make it within the music trade,” he stated.

The witness was testifying as a part of a cooperation settlement stemming from his responsible plea in a separate case alleging he was a part of a botched scheme to bribe a girl to not testify in opposition to Kelly. No fees had been introduced in opposition to Kelly associated to the scheme.

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Kelly, 54, has repeatedly denied accusations that he preyed on victims throughout a 30-year profession highlighted by his 1996 mega hit “I Consider I Can Fly.” His attorneys have portrayed his accusers as groupies who’re mendacity about their relationships with him.

Earlier Monday, a girl testified that Kelly sexually assaulted her at age 17 following a efficiency in Miami in 1994. The witness, additionally testifying with out utilizing her actual identify, claimed that Kelly’s cronies took her and a pal to his dressing room after the present earlier than he pulled down her shorts and compelled her to have unprotected intercourse, she stated.

R. Kelly is currently on trial for sex-trafficking charges in New York.

R. Kelly is presently on trial for sex-trafficking fees in New York.
(AP Photograph/Elizabeth Williams)

“I used to be in full shock,” she stated. “I didn’t know what to say in any respect. I principally went clean.”

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Afterward, she and her pal “unlocked the door and ran out of there,” she stated.

On cross-examination, protection legal professional Deveraux Cannick pressed the witness on why, after somebody allegedly “raped you,” she waited greater than 20 years to contact legislation enforcement.

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“As a result of I did not wish to really feel extra disgrace and trauma,” she stated.

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