R. Kelly accuser ‘Minor 1’ will testify in obstruction of justice trial in opposition to ‘I Want’ singer

R. Kelly accuser 'Minor 1' will testify in obstruction of justice trial against 'I Wish' singer

2022-08-14 17:29:08

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After beforehand being convicted of intercourse trafficking and racketeering and receiving a 30-year sentence, singer R. Kelly will face one other jury in Chicago on Monday. 

Kelly is going through federal obstruction of justice costs for allegedly intimidating and threatening a witness in his 2008 little one pornography trial, which resulted in an acquittal. 

Kelly, 55, who has been serving time in a New York jail, was going through costs in 2008 for producing a video of himself when he was round 30 having intercourse with a woman no older than 14.

Within the authentic trial, the sufferer, described as “Minor 1,” was allegedly threatened and paid off by Kelly to make sure she didn’t testify.

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R. Kelly, together with two different males recognized to be associates, are going through a variety of costs, together with obstruction of justice for paying off a key witness.
(Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune/Tribune Information Service)

Testimony by the girl, now in her 30s, will likely be pivotal. The costs in opposition to Kelly additionally embody 4 counts of the enticement of minors for intercourse — one rely every for 4 different accusers. All are slated to testify.

Prosecutors say Kelly shot the video of “Minor 1” in a log cabin-themed room at his North Aspect Chicago house between 1998 and 2000 when she was as younger as 13. In it, the lady is heard calling the person “daddy.” Federal prosecutors say that she and Kelly had intercourse tons of of occasions over time in his properties, recording studios and on tour buses.

R. Kelly, pictured here in 2008, was facing charges for child pornography.

R. Kelly, pictured right here in 2008, was going through costs for little one pornography.
(Scott Olson)

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Double jeopardy prevents the prosecution of somebody for a similar crimes they have been acquitted of earlier, however this should not occur on this case, as prosecutors are alleging totally different crimes associated to “Minor 1,” together with obstruction of justice because it associated to the 2008 trial.

The alleged sufferer was stated to have met Kelly when she was attending junior excessive within the Nineteen Nineties.

R. Kelly is currently appealing his sex-trafficking charges.

R. Kelly is presently interesting his sex-trafficking costs.
(Antonio Perez)

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If convicted, Kelly might have a number of extra a long time tacked onto his present sentence.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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