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R. Kelly accuser testifies that he sexually abused her when she was 17

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Another accuser took the witness stand on Monday at R. Kelly’s sex-trafficking trial, testifying that the R&B superstar sexually abused her on his tour bus and in hotel rooms when she was still a high school student and an aspiring singer.

The woman, identified only as "Jane Doe," said Kelly once beat her with a shoe and wept when she also claimed that she contracted herpes after having sex with him. She said he hadn’t disclosed he had a sexually transmitted disease.

"This man purposely gave me something he knew he had," she said. "He could have controlled the situation."

A prosecutor in federal court in Brooklyn repeatedly asked the witness how old she was when the abuse took place in 2015. "I was 17 years old," she responded each time.

Last week, a jury heard similar testimony from the trial’s first witness, who described being a 16-year-old virgin when Kelly began sexually exploiting her in 2010. Both women claimed they were forced to call him "Daddy" and follow his draconian rules restricting how they could dress, who they could speak with and when they could use the bathroom.

Kelly, 54, has denied accusations that he preyed on several alleged victims during a 30-year career highlighted by his smash hit "I Believe I Can Fly," a 1996 song that became an inspirational anthem. Kelly has denied the accusations with his lawyers calling the accusers groupies who wanted to take advantage of his fame.

The latest witness, now 23, testified on Monday that she met Kelly while he was performing on his "Black Panties" tour. She told him she was an aspiring performer and lied about her age, saying she was 18.

She testified she had no romantic interest in Kelly.

"I just wanted to sing," she said. "I genuinely wanted his input."

The first sign of trouble came when Kelly offered her an audition but said he needed to ejaculate before it would happen, she said. They were soon regularly having sex, with Kelly nearly always videotaping the encounters, she said.

Another time, he flew into a rage because she had texted a friend about him, she said. He grabbed a size 12 sneaker from his closet and assaulted her with it, she said.

"He hit me all over," she said. "I was running from him and fighting back," but at 4-foot-11 and 98 pounds she said she was no match for him.

The witness told jurors the horrors didn't end there. As a punishment, Kelly once forced her to rub feces on her face and videotape it, she said. She was also coerced into getting an abortion in 2017 after Kelly said he wasn't ready to have a child with her, she added.

When she finally revealed she was underage, Kelly slapped her across the face but kept her in his life, she said. The jury was shown notes she wrote to herself about how to stay in line with his rules when she was around him.

"Tell Daddy everything," she had written.

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R. Kelly accuser testifies that he sexually abused her when she was 17

Yahoo News 23 August, 2021 - 06:04pm

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Another accuser took the witness stand on Monday at R. Kelly’s sex-trafficking trial, testifying that the R&B superstar sexually abused her on his tour bus and in hotel rooms when she was still a high school student and an aspiring singer.

The woman, identified only as "Jane Doe," said Kelly once beat her with a shoe and wept when she also claimed that she contracted herpes after having sex with him. She said he hadn’t disclosed he had a sexually transmitted disease.

"This man purposely gave me something he knew he had," she said. "He could have controlled the situation."

A prosecutor in federal court in Brooklyn repeatedly asked the witness how old she was when the abuse took place in 2015. "I was 17 years old," she responded each time.

Last week, a jury heard similar testimony from the trial’s first witness, who described being a 16-year-old virgin when Kelly began sexually exploiting her in 2010. Both women claimed they were forced to call him "Daddy" and follow his draconian rules restricting how they could dress, who they could speak with and when they could use the bathroom.

Kelly, 54, has denied accusations that he preyed on several alleged victims during a 30-year career highlighted by his smash hit "I Believe I Can Fly," a 1996 song that became an inspirational anthem. Kelly has denied the accusations with his lawyers calling the accusers groupies who wanted to take advantage of his fame.

The latest witness, now 23, testified on Monday that she met Kelly while he was performing on his "Black Panties" tour. She told him she was an aspiring performer and lied about her age, saying she was 18.

She testified she had no romantic interest in Kelly.

"I just wanted to sing," she said. "I genuinely wanted his input."

The first sign of trouble came when Kelly offered her an audition but said he needed to ejaculate before it would happen, she said. They were soon regularly having sex, with Kelly nearly always videotaping the encounters, she said.

Another time, he flew into a rage because she had texted a friend about him, she said. He grabbed a size 12 sneaker from his closet and assaulted her with it, she said.

"He hit me all over," she said. "I was running from him and fighting back," but at 4-foot-11 and 98 pounds she said she was no match for him.

The witness told jurors the horrors didn't end there. As a punishment, Kelly once forced her to rub feces on her face and videotape it, she said. She was also coerced into getting an abortion in 2017 after Kelly said he wasn't ready to have a child with her, she added.

When she finally revealed she was underage, Kelly slapped her across the face but kept her in his life, she said. The jury was shown notes she wrote to herself about how to stay in line with his rules when she was around him.

"Tell Daddy everything," she had written.

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R. Kelly Allegedly Infected a 17-Year-Old With Herpes

Vulture 23 August, 2021 - 05:15pm

After luring a 17-year-old into his orbit under false pretenses of nurturing her music career, R. Kelly sexually assaulted her, made a point of degrading her during their encounters, and ultimately infected the girl with herpes, she alleged Monday in the singer’s Brooklyn federal sex-crimes and racketeering trial. (She did not use her real name in court and is identified only as “Jane Doe 5.”)

“I was 17,”  the woman said, bursting into tears shortly before she detailed her diagnosis.

The woman, now 23, said she met Kelly at a concert in Orlando, Florida, in April 2015, when she was a junior in high school. A member of his entourage had given her a wristband that got her closer to the stage. She wound up remaining in a relationship with Kelly for five years, she said.

“When he performed his second set, someone from his entourage did come to me and [gave] me a sheet of paper and said, ‘Don’t tell anyone.’ It said ‘Rob’ and had a number.” The then-teen wound up giving her mother the piece of paper. In the days following the show, she realized she had the wrong phone number.

She went into her mom’s phone, and Kelly’s number was there. The two had exchanged texts. “My mother was acting as me,” the woman said, saying her mother had told Kelly about her music.

The alleged victim, who now had the right phone number, started communicating with Kelly directly. He invited her to a hotel near Orlando “to audition” a few days after the concert. She went to the hotel — with her parents’ knowledge — and Kelly instructed her to meet him in his van, which was parked outside. They were alone.

“He had asked me to sit on his lap. I asked him if he was sure. He said yes,” she recalled. “I did.”

Kelly asked for a kiss, she testified. She didn’t necessarily want to give him one, but he urged her to give him just a little peck. About five minutes later, someone knocked on the door of the van and said it was time to go upstairs.

Kelly allegedly said that “before the audition, he needed to come.” She rebuffed his entreaties but wound up having to walk back and forth in her panties and a bra. Eventually, he engaged in some oral contact with her buttocks, she alleged.

“There was a knock on the door. He got up, and he went to the door and he saw it was officers at the door,” the woman said. “He was very anxious and scared. After he looked through the peephole, he said, ‘Are you 18?’ I said yes.” There does not appear to be any indication that Kelly knew her true age at the time.

He told her to go to the bathroom and get dressed and not to leave the restroom. Kelly allegedly spoke to the officers, and she exited the restroom. They told her that her parents had been looking for her but couldn’t get in touch. “I had to call my parents in front of them and let them know I was okay.” She showed the officers her ID, which would have said she was 17 years old.

They left, handing Kelly a card, and told him “anytime he was in Orlando and needed security to let them know.”

After that alleged encounter, the woman said the illicit sexual relationship progressed, with Kelly flying her across the country to places where he had concerts, paying for her accommodations, and engaging in still more unlawful behavior, including sexual intercourse. (Her mother knew she was traveling to his concerts, but there is no indication from the alleged victim’s testimony that the mother was aware of the alleged abuse.) He “made me crawl back and forth” during their encounters, the woman said. Kelly, who would ejaculate on her face, used that as a tool of shame, she alleged.

“There would be times when he would make me leave it on my face,” she said. Once, after doing that, “he told me not to wash it off and to let it harden.” He then called an associate into the room and “had an entire conversation with her.”

“I recall them laughing, and I felt very much humiliated,” she claimed.

Later, in the summer of 2015 when she was in Chicago, she started to feel physically unwell.

“Every single time we would have vaginal penetration, I would have discomfort,” she said. “Initially, he would joke and say it’s just because he’s ‘too big size-wise.’”

“It got worse … it got to the point where I physically couldn’t even walk.”

Kelly had a female associate, identified in court as “Juice,” take her to a doctor.

“She said that I had contracted an STD — herpes,” she said of the doctor. “Vaginal herpes.”

She was prescribed medications, and “Juice” took her to a pharmacy in downtown Chicago to pick them up.

“I was devastated,” she said. “I had told him, and he was agitated and said, ‘You could have gotten that from anyone.’”

“I told him I had only been intimate with him,” she said, saying she thought he had “purposely” given her herpes.

The prosecutor asked whether Kelly had ever disclosed a herpes diagnosis.

Whenever she would have an outbreak, “he would usually make, like, a joke.”

“Everybody has it, no big deal,” she recalled him allegedly saying.

“I think your p- - -y is broken,” she alleged Kelly had said.

Toward the end of the summer, when she had to return to high school, she told Kelly her true age while they were at a Chicago park.

“He slapped me in my face with an open palm, and he walked away,” she said. She tried to avoid the van they had come to the park in. Eventually, Kelly came up to her in a conciliatory manner. “He gave me a kiss and said we would figure this out.”

“Juice,” who was present when the girl revealed her age, told her that Kelly feared she was going to reveal something “ten times worse.”

Kelly told the girl she needed to return to Florida as soon as possible, while he discussed the situation of her age with his attorneys. They settled upon a plan in which she could return to Chicago under the guise of pursuing her music career. Kelly said she would need to be homeschooled, and they convinced her parents to let her do so. When they agreed, she packed her suitcases and returned to Illinois.

As her time with Kelly continued, she claims she endured routine physical abuse as punishment for breaking his rules — which included requirements about what she wore, whom she communicated with, and what she said.

“In 2015, the defendant had introduced me to what he called ‘chastising’ — spanking,” she said. The woman learned what Kelly meant by “chastising” at one of his Atlanta homes in 2015.

“He said that it was just a spanking to help me remember [the rules],” she said.

“I would get chastised nearly every two-to-three days,” she said of the alleged beating, which involved an open palm. “He would leave bruises, and sometimes it would make my skin tear.”

(At one point in their relationship, Kelly also allegedly punished her by making her touch excrement, and she had to record this.)

Once, after an associate of Kelly sent him a text listing her name — with a photo of a rat — he told her that she “had 30 seconds to be honest.” She said she had been texting with a friend but did not disclose to Kelly the extent of their exchange — namely, that she had discussed her sexual encounters with the singer.

“He began to hit me, and in between it he would ask me, ‘Are you ready to be honest?’” she said. Kelly, she alleged, was hitting her with an open palm and a closed fist.

“He went into his closet and grabbed an Air Force 1. He continued to hit me until I finally broke. He hit me all over with the shoe.”

She tried to fight back but couldn’t.

Prosecutors asked about her size and Kelly’s.

“I’m four-11; I was about 98 pounds,” she said. “He’s six foot.”

She ultimately became one of Kelly’s five live-in girlfriends, saying they mostly resided at one of his homes in Atlanta.

In 2017, she got pregnant. Kelly did not want her to have the baby.

“He had expressed that he still wanted me to keep my body tight,” she remembered him allegedly commenting. Kelly told her he wanted to start a family after he got rid of his other girlfriends.

The prosecution asked whether she had gotten an abortion.

One of Kelly’s assistants made the appointment and drove her there, she said.

The prosecution then asked whether she had wanted to get an abortion.

Accuser: R. Kelly Made Me Get an Abortion, Smear Myself With Feces

The Daily Beast 23 August, 2021 - 10:26am

“He had expressed that he had still wanted me to keep my body tight and he wanted to have a family after he got rid of the rest of the girls,” the accuser, who is identified in court documents as Jane Doe 5, told jurors in Brooklyn federal court at Kelly’s racketeering and sex crimes trial.

The woman, who identified herself to the jury as “Jane,” recounted that she met Kelly at a hotel when she was a 17-year-old high school student, after one of his concerts in Orlando, Florida. During their five-year relationship, she lived with Kelly and his girlfriends in Atlanta and Chicago, and was routinely punished whenever she deviated from his “rules.”

During their first meeting, she said Kelly “peer-pressured” her into letting him perform oral sex on her, she testified. After that, Jane Doe 5, who had told Kelly she was 18, met up with the singer at several of his concerts across the country. Months later, she said she started to experience severe pain whenever they had sex.

“I would have discomfort in my pelvis and lower abdomen,” the woman, now 23, said. “It got to the point where I couldn’t even physically walk.”

The pain became so bad that Kelly eventually scheduled a doctor’s appointment for Jane Doe 5, at which point she learned that she had contracted vaginal herpes. When she told Kelly, the Grammy-award-winning singer was “agitated” and insisted that she could have gotten the disease months before they met—but she told him she had only ever been intimate with him, the woman testified.

“This man purposely gave me something he knew he had had. That he could have controlled,” Jane said angrily on the stand, as Kelly sat emotionless.

Breaking down on the stand, Jane explained that she and the other live-in girlfriends were forced to adhere to Kelly’s strict rules, including wearing baggy clothing and turning away from men who entered elevators. To ensure their silence and loyalty to Kelly, she said they were forced to write at least four fake letters every year that claimed they’d stolen money or had been molested by family members.

“They were to basically exploit us to protect him,” she explained.

Jane said she was also forced to record demeaning videos of herself as punishment—including one where she had to smear feces on her face and put it in her mouth.

Afterward filming the degrading video, Kelly allegedly told her she “wasn’t into it enough” and that she “would have to redo it.” Jane said she refused.

The accuser said Kelly physically abused her on a regular basis, once beating her with a size 12 Air Force 1 shoe after she lied about texting her high-school friend.

“He hit me all over. My arms, my face, my butt,” she said. At the time, she weighed less than 100 pounds and was under five feet.

Another time, Kelly kept her inside a room in his Chicago studio for over three days after she bought the wrong sized pair of Hollister sweat pants. The most common punishment, Jane Doe 5 explained to jurors, came in the form of spanking—or as Kelly would call it, “chastising.”

“He would leave bruises and it would sometimes make my skin tear,” Jane Doe 5 said, adding that Kelly would dole out the vile punishment every two to three days. “[Kelly] said that it was just a spanking to help me remember” his rules.

Jane is the second accuser to take the stand against the once-revered R&B singer. Prosecutors have alleged that Kelly abused at least six women and girls, four of whom were minors when he first had sexual contact with them. At least two say they contracted herpes after Kelly knowingly exposed them to the disease.

Kelly, 54, faces a slew of charges, including racketeering based on kidnapping, sexual exploitation of children, and forced labor. He is also charged with violations of the Mann Act, which prohibits the transport of people across state lines for sex.

“He had mentioned rules...protocols that I would have to abide by in his presence,” Jane said Monday, adding that the rules began to appear when she traveled with Kelly for his shows. “He wanted me to call him daddy.”

“He would control every single time we were intimate,” she later added. “He told me to walk back and forth and that’s what I would have to do until he gave me another direction.”

Jerhonda Pace, a mother of four who alleged she was sexually and physically abused by Kelly when she was 16 years old, also testified last week that the singer gave her herpes. She said that throughout their relationship, Kelly never wore a condom or told her he had a sexually transmitted disease.

Dr. Kris G. McGrath, a professor at Northwestern University and Kelly’s former primary care doctor, testified under subpoena on Thursday that he began prescribing the singer medication to treat herpes symptoms at least as far back as 2007 but that he first became aware of the possibility Kelly might have herpes in 2000. After the visit, McGrath said, he told Kelly to inform his sexual partners about the possible diagnosis.

But Jane Doe 5 said that in 2015 she had unprotected sex with Kelly for months before she learned that he had herpes.

Initially claiming she was 18 years old, Jane Doe 5 said she began to travel with Kelly soon after meeting him in 2015. During these trips, she was forced to stay inside her hotel room, wear baggy clothing, and ask Kelly for permission whenever she made a move, she told jurors.

“Every time we would have sex, he would record it,” she said.

Jane Doe 5 said she ended up spending the rest of the summer before her senior year of high school in Chicago—where she was confined to hotel rooms and Kelly’s studio. She said that since the studio did not have any bathrooms and she “could not leave without calling him,” she would often be forced to urinate in extra-large cups from a nearby gas station.

There was also “tissue paper and baby wipes” in the room, Jane Doe 5 told jurors on Monday.

At the end of the summer, Jane recounted how she was “scared” to finally admit to Kelly that she was in fact underage. When she spilled the secret over hot dogs in Lincoln Park, she said Kelly laughed at her before slapping her with an open palm and walking away.

Hours later, he found her in the park and persuaded her to come back with him. “He gave me a kiss and he said we would figure it out,” she said.

After consulting with his attorneys, Jane Doe 5 said that ultimately she moved to Chicago to live with him and was homeschooled—with her parents’ permission. She ended up living with Kelly for five years.

The disgraced singer has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him and repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. Throughout the trial, Kelly’s defense team has argued that his accusers all had consensual relationships with the singer, calling liars who “have an agenda.”

Prosecutors also allege that Kelly bribed an Illinois government employee with $500 to obtain a fake welfare ID to marry “Princess of R&B” Aaliyah in 1994.

“It shouldn’t have happened. It was wrong,” Demetrius Smith, Kelly’s former tour manager, testified on Monday about the marriage. “I shouldn’t be talking about Aaliyah, she’s not here.”

Smith, who was forced to testify and granted immunity, told jurors on Friday that he helped Kelly obtain a fake welfare card for the teenage singer so she could marry him in 1994. The fake identification, which did not have a birth date on it, was one of two cards Smith helped the singers illegally obtain so they could get married. At the time, Aaliyah, then 15, had said she thought she was pregnant, he said.

“They were more than friends from the very beginning,” Smith said of the relationship, which began when Aaliyah was in her early teens. “I just thought they were too playful.”

Smith was at times combative with Judge Ann Donnelly and prosecutors on Friday as he reluctantly described how he flew with Kelly from an Orlando show to Chicago in August 1994, after the singer revealed that Aaliyah is in “trouble, man.” On the plane ride, Smith said Kelly was “concerned” because he was worried about going to jail if the teenage singer was indeed pregnant. Smith insisted he never believed that Aaliyah was actually pregnant.

The marriage certificate, which was shown to jurors Friday, stated that she was three years older—and thus of legal age to marry the then-27-year-old “I Believe I Can Fly” artist.

The pair were married inside a suite at a Sheraton hotel near the airport—and both were wearing “casual clothing.” About an hour later, Smith said he and Kelly went back to the airport to catch a flight to continue the singer’s tour.

The Cook County Clerk marriage application, certification, and license stated that the pair got married on Aug. 31, 1994, in Rosemont, Illinois. In February 1996, Aaliyah’s underage marriage to Kelly was annulled by her parents.

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