Woman Testifies R. Kelly Sexually Abused Her on Video When She Was 14

In 2008, Kelly was found not guilty because she wouldn’t testify against her. She said in court today in Chicago that she was the underage girl on the original tape with Kelly. She is now 37 years old.

As was said earlier in 2019, a woman who said she was the underage girl on the famous VHS tape with R. Kelly testified today (August 18) in the singer’s federal trial. The New York Times and Chicago Tribune report that the woman said she was the girl on the tape. The woman took the stand in a Chicago courtroom and said that she was on the tape, that she was 14 years old at the time, and that Kelly sexually abused her many times when she was a child. Kelly is being charged with child pornography and obstruction because of this and other videos.

In February 2002, the tape, which showed Kelly having sex with a 14-year-old, was sent to reporter Jim DeRogatis by an unknown person. Kelly was accused of making child pornography that year. In 2008, “Jane,” who is now 37 years old and was called “Jane” in court, refused to testify against him. At the time, she lied to the police about their relationship, and because she didn’t help, Kelly was found not guilty.

Woman Testifies R. Kelly Sexually Abused Her on Video When She Was 14
Woman Testifies R. Kelly Sexually Abused Her on Video When She Was 14

The woman said in court today that Kelly told her how to talk to the grand jury in 2008, telling her to be “strong and stern” when she denied their relationship and her appearance in the tape. When asked why she lied under oath at the time, the woman said, “Because I didn’t want Robert to be found out.” I also didn’t want to be that person. I was ashamed.”

The woman said that she gave Kelly’s lawyers a necklace that could be seen on the tape and her passport, which has a picture of her wearing the same necklace. She said that Kelly flew her and her parents out of the country to hide them from investigators and the media. She also said that after he was found not guilty, he beat her up and wouldn’t let her leave his house.

Woman Testifies R. Kelly Sexually Abused Her on Video When She Was 14
Woman Testifies R. Kelly Sexually Abused Her on Video When She Was 14

She talked about her relationship with Kelly for hours in court. She said that on the tape, Kelly urinated on her, and she explained why Kelly gave her money at the beginning of another video from around the same time. “Because he wanted it to look like I was a prostitute if anyone saw the tape or if it got out for some reason,” she said in court.

She also said that she was working with prosecutors in exchange for not being charged with lying. On Friday, Kelly’s lawyer, Jennifer Bonjean, will question the woman from the other side.

Kelly’s first trial was in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, where he was found guilty of racketeering and sex trafficking. His current trial is in federal court in Chicago. He was given a 30-year prison sentence. Kelly is going to try to change the verdict and sentence.

Stay tuned for more updates, Lee Daily.

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