R. Kelly sits close to his lawyer Nicole Clean Becker throughout Kelly’s intercourse abuse trial at Brooklyn’s Federal District Courtroom in New York, U.S., August 25, 2021 in a courtroom sketch. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg
August 25, 2021
By Maria Caspani
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A lawyer for R. Kelly on Wednesday tried to undercut claims by a lady accusing the R&B singer of sexual abuse, by displaying letters she wrote to relations by which she accused her dad and mom of promoting her out.
Legal professional Deveraux Cannick requested the lady, identified on the witness stand as Jane, to learn letters by which she mentioned her dad and mom had urged she mislead Kelly about her age, and that they tried to profit financially from her relationship with him.
In an undated letter to her brother, Jane mentioned her mom would “nag” her to take images and movies of her and Kelly so she may blackmail him, and pushed her to decorate provocatively for the singer.
Now 23, Jane advised prosecutors that Kelly, 54, coerced her and different younger girls to write down the letters to be able to defend him from potential authorized troubles.
“The defendant would inform us precisely what to say,” Jane testified on her third day within the witness stand at Kelly’s intercourse abuse trial in federal court docket in Brooklyn.
Kelly, identified for the Grammy-winning track “I Consider I Can Fly,” has pleaded not responsible to costs that he ran a decades-long racketeering scheme by which he abused six girls and women, together with Jane and the late singer Aaliyah.
A number of of Kelly’s followers gathered exterior the courthouse on Wednesday to indicate assist and indicators studying “Free R Kelly” had been scribbled in shiny coloured chalk on the pavement close by.
Jane has mentioned she met Kelly at a Florida music pageant, later lived with him till the summer time of 2019, and left him for good that October.
She mentioned that in their first assembly, Kelly pressured her into having oral intercourse earlier than granting her a singing audition.
Jane mentioned she started commonly assembly with Kelly and having intercourse with him in several cities.
She testified that her dad and mom finally agreed to place her below the care of a lady Kelly knew so Jane may stay with the singer in Chicago whereas attending highschool nearly.
In a while Wednesday, Malak Benabdallah, a former highschool good friend of Jane, testified that Jane advised her in textual content messages exchanged in 2015 that she had sexual activity with Kelly and that she believed she was pregnant. Prosecutors confirmed textual content messages between the 2 youngsters on the time, one containing child bottle emojis.
Kelly additionally faces sex-related legal costs in Illinois and Minnesota. Many accusations of sex-related misconduct had been mentioned within the 2019 Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly.”
(Reporting by Maria Caspani; Modifying by Noeleen Walder, Jonathan Oatis and Karishma Singh)