In 2008, Chicago prosecutors unsuccessfully tried to convince a jury that R. Kelly was a child pornographer who urinated on a 14-year-old boy in a taped incident.
Nearly two decades later, prosecutors are hearing a case similar to a jury in Chicago — but this time with the help of the woman in the video.
A woman, referred to in court as “Jane,” took a stand in Kelly’s sex crimes trial in Chicago federal court on Thursday, alleging for the first time that the disgraced singer sexually abused her “hundreds” of times as a teenager .
“He would tell me what to do,” she said, according to a report by the ChicagoTribune.
The woman later said Kelly was “an authoritative figure.”
“I didn’t know how to answer. I didn’t know how to say no. I just went along with it and it became somewhat normal,” she said.
The now 37-year-old described to jurors how she first met Kelly in the late 1990s when she was 13 – and eventually asked him to be her godfather because she saw him as an inspiration. Within weeks, she said, their relationship turned sexual, noting that several of those instances were recorded. One of those recorded incidents, she said, is the now infamous one that was at the center of Kelly’s 2008 child pornography trial.
On the day in question, Jane told jurors Thursday, Kelly “urinated on my vagina.”
When asked why she had sex with Kelly, Jane replied, “It was out of intimidation.” She added that Kelly told her to “keep their relationship a secret and not share it with anyone.”
Jane’s testimony is at the center of the Chicago federal case against Kelly. The 55-year-old has pleaded not guilty to charges including child pornography and obstruction of justice after allegedly luring underage girls to engage in sexual activity. Prosecutors also allege he conspired to obstruct justice during the original indictment in 2008. According to prosecutors, Kelly threatened and paid Jane at the time to ensure she did not testify at the trial.
Kelly was eventually acquitted of all charges in that 2008 case, just hours after the jury was asked to rule on his guilt.
Kelly’s defense attorneys insist the singer, who has since been convicted of sex crimes in New York, is not a “monster” but instead relied on the help of an entourage who misled him.
The Chicago trial comes just weeks after Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison for running a criminal enterprise designed to help him exploit boys, girls and adults for his own sexual gratification.
During Jane’s testimony Thursday, she described to jurors how far Kelly would go to hide his relationship with the teenager, including handing over their money at the start of each video encounter. She cried on the stand, explaining the reason for handing over her money was “because if anyone saw the tape or published it for any reason, they would say I was a prostitute.”
In 2000, she said, Chicago police began investigating their relationship — and she denied their existence because the singer told her he’d be ruined if the truth came out.
“That was something I would take with me to my grave,” said Jane.
But two years later, her aunt — singer Stephanie “Sparkle” Edwards” — informed her that “a sex tape of her with the singer had been leaked” and would be released soon, she testified.
“I was scared,” Jane said, noting that Kelly emphasized “how important it was to keep denying it.” However, the emerging reality that the tape could be released prompted Kelly to separate Jane’s parents from their sexual relationship tell, she said, in a revelation that left her father “hysterical.”
“There was a lot of negative publicity surrounding the videotape and Robert wanted us to get out of the country to pretty much clear our minds and figure out avenues for the future,” Jane testified in court. She said Kelly decided to send her and her family to the Bahamas so they would not be “accessible” to the press or the police.
During that trip, Jane said, her parents finally came to the conclusion that “they would do as I asked” and supported her decision to stay with Kelly. In April 2002, she said, she was subpoenaed to testify before a Cook County grand jury, where she lied under oath about her relationship with the singer.
Jane recalled saying during this testimony, “I had no part in that [Kelly] sexually and that we had never made any videotapes.” Ultimately, she said, the abuse lasted until she was 24 and involved Kelly controlling every aspect of her life.
A few years ago, she said, she reported Kelly’s abuse to law enforcement.
When asked why, Jane paused for a moment before saying, “Because I was sick of living with his lies.”
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