R. Kelly informed a decide on Wednesday that he will not take the witness stand at his intercourse trafficking trial, which means he’ll keep away from the danger of a probably brutal cross-examination.
“You do not wish to testify, right?” U.S. District Decide Ann Connelly requested the R&B singer. He responded: “Sure, ma’am.”
Legal professionals had already stated Kelly was unlikely to testify in his personal behalf. The protection is now anticipated to relaxation its case later Wednesday, clearing the best way for the beginning of closing arguments.
The quick protection case has relied on a handful of former Kelly staff and different associates who agreed to take the stand to attempt to discredit allegations that he sexually abused girls, ladies and boys throughout a 30-year musical profession highlighted by the 1996 smash hit “I Consider I Can Fly.”
Many of the protection witnesses stated they by no means noticed Kelly abuse anybody. One went as far to say Kelly was “chivalrous” to his girlfriends. One other admitted he owed Kelly for his break in music enterprise and wished to see him beat the case.
Against this, prosecutors have known as dozens witnesses because the trial started in federal court docket in Brooklyn on Aug. 18. They included a number of feminine and two male accusers to again up allegations that Kelly used a cadre of managers, bodyguards and assistants to systematically recruit potential victims at his reveals, malls and fast-food eating places the place he frolicked.
The accusers testified that when they have been in Kelly’s net, he groomed them for undesirable intercourse and psychological torment — largely once they have been youngsters — in episodes relationship to the Nineteen Nineties. Their accounts have been supported no less than partially by different former Kelly staff whose personal testimony advised they have been basically paid off to look the opposite means or allow the recording artist.
The 54-year-old defendant, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, has pleaded not responsible to racketeering prices. He is additionally charged with that a number of violations of the Mann Act, which makes it unlawful to move anybody throughout state traces “for any immoral function.”
Kelly has vehemently denied the allegations, claiming that the accusers have been groupies who wished to reap the benefits of his fame and fortune till the #MeToo motion turned them in opposition to him.
Members of the media and the general public haven’t really seen the jailed Kelly in particular person. U.S. District Decide Ann Donnelly has barred individuals indirectly concerned within the case from the courtroom in what she known as a coronavirus precaution.