R. Kelly listens as witness “Stephanie” testifies throughout Kelly’s intercourse abuse trial at Brooklyn’s Federal District Court docket in a courtroom sketch in New York, U.S., August 26, 2021. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg
August 27, 2021
By Maria Caspani
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A lady who claims R. Kelly had intercourse along with her when she was 17 testified at his intercourse abuse trial that the R&B singer may very well be so intimidating that he put the “worry of God” into her.
The now 39-year-old girl, who recognized herself as Stephanie, instructed a Brooklyn jury she discovered it “humiliating” to have intercourse with Kelly throughout their six-month relationship.
She additionally mentioned she let Kelly videotape their having intercourse, however solely as a result of she thought she had no alternative.
“He was one in every of two methods: good and charming, jovial. Or he was controlling, intimidating, he might put the worry of God in me,” Stephanie mentioned. “He humiliated me, he degraded me, he scared me.”
Stephanie testified on the seventh day of the trial of the 54-year-old Kelly, who is maybe greatest recognized for the Grammy-winning 1996 tune “I Imagine I Can Fly.”
Kelly has pleaded not responsible to fees that he ran a decades-long racketeering scheme wherein he abused six girls and women, together with the late singer Aaliyah.
Many accusations of sex-related misconduct have been mentioned within the 2019 Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly.”
A number of witnesses have testified that Kelly demanded strict obedience from these round him, with Stephanie and different accusers saying he required that they name him ‘Daddy.’
Stephanie mentioned she was first seen at a McDonald’s in Chicago in 1998, when a member of Kelly’s entourage gave her the singer’s cellphone quantity and requested her to name.
She didn’t, however the subsequent 12 months she mentioned she met Kelly at a Nike retailer in Chicago, hoping he would bear in mind her, and that he personally gave his cellphone quantity.
Afterward, Stephanie mentioned she would generally look ahead to him for hours at his studio, earlier than he ultimately emerged they usually had intercourse.
She additionally mentioned Kelly as soon as requested her to carry out oral intercourse in a automobile, in entrance of onlookers. “It was disgusting,” she mentioned.
On cross-examination, Kelly’s lawyer Nicole Clean Becker tried to emphasise it was Stephanie’s choice to stick with Kelly, and Stephanie agreed when requested if she might have merely walked away.
Earlier on Thursday, jurors heard from former studio supervisor Tom Arnold, who instructed jurors he would often be “fined” by Kelly if he didn’t comply with the singer’s guidelines.
He mentioned the final straw got here in 2011, shortly earlier than he stop, when Kelly instructed him to discover a feminine tour information for him and his entourage for a VIP outing at Disney World in Florida.
Arnold mentioned he might discover solely a male information, prompting Kelly to cancel the outing and dock your complete quantity, $1,500, from his ultimate weekly paycheck.
Kelly additionally faces sex-related legal fees in Illinois and Minnesota. He has pleaded not responsible.
(Reporting by Maria Caspani in New York; Modifying by Noeleen Walder and Rosalba O’Brien)