R. Kelly’s Attorney Has the Opportunity To Question The Government’s Key Witness
On Friday, the government’s star witness in R. Kelly’s federal trial in Chicago, where he faces charges including the production of child pornography, will be available for cross-examination (Aug. 19).
For over two decades, Kelly’s legal problems have revolved around her alias, Jane. She testified for the prosecution for four hours on Thursday, telling the jury that she and Kelly appeared in the videotape at the heart of his 2008 child pornography trial, in which Kelly was ultimately acquitted.
Jane, 37, paused, tugged at a necklace, and dabbed her eyes with a tissue before making the shocking revelation that the woman in the video was herself and the man was Kelly. Jane quietly informed the prosecutor that she was 14 years old at the time the video was taken. Kelly, who is now 55 years old, would have been around 30 at the time.
‘I was sick of living with his lies,’ she explained. Furthermore, she claimed that federal prosecutors had assured her that if she testified truthfully during this trial, she would face no charges of lying to authorities. Jane had previously sobbed when asked to explain the video’s depiction of Kelly handing her money. She clarified that this was done in the event that the video ended up in the wrong hands and he was falsely accused of abusing their child.
“If anyone saw the tape,” he wanted it to appear that she was a prostitute, Jane explained.
In the early 2000s, Kelly’s parents confronted her about having sex with their daughter. Kelly, according to Jane’s testimony, got down on his knees and begged her parents for mercy. She eventually told her parents how much she loved Kelly and begged them not to harm him in any way.
Kelly’s gaze was primarily fixed on the defense table while speaking with Jane. She, like everyone else, avoided his gaze. Kelly sexually abused her “hundreds” of times between the ages of 15 and 18, she testified. In the video, she claims she was 14 at the time of the oral sex incident.
Jane told the jury that when she was 13 years old in the late 1990s, she asked the Grammy-winning singer to be her godfather because he was a role model and inspiration to her. Kelly, she claimed, began calling her with sexual overtures after only a few weeks. She testified in court that her first sexual encounter with him occurred when she was 15 years old.
“He would tell me what to do,” Jane said in response to the prosecutor’s question about how she would act in a sexual situation. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison by a federal judge in New York this year for using his celebrity to sexually abuse fans. When asked how many times they slept together before she turned 18, she replied quietly, “Hundreds.”
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