R. Kelly trial: Prosecutors request to play tape of singer allegedly threatening his victims
Prosecutors desire a New York Metropolis jury on the R. Kelly sex-trafficking trial to listen to profane video and audio recordings they are saying reveal how he threatened his victims with violence.
On one of many 2008 tapes, an enraged Kelly might be heard accusing an unidentified girl of mendacity to him earlier than starting to assault her, in keeping with a courtroom doc filed on Tuesday in federal courtroom in Brooklyn.
“If you happen to mislead me, I’m going to f— you up,” Kelly says.
The star R&B singer is captured on one other recording berating a second girl from Florida, recognized as a “Jane Doe” he accused of stealing a Rolex watch from him, the submitting says.
“You higher not ever … take from me once more or I will likely be in Florida and one thing will occur to you,” he says. “You perceive what I’m telling you?”
Prosecutors had deliberate to name the second girl as a witness. However they determined towards it after she “began to have panic assaults and appeared to have an emotional breakdown” whereas listening to the tape in preparation for her testimony, the submitting says.
The defendant bragged about having “cameras all over the place” in his Chicago studio and different places he used to keep watch over his victims, it provides.
Kelly, now 54, has pleaded not responsible to racketeering and different costs accusing him of sexually abusing a number of ladies, women and boys through the course of his 30-year singing profession. He has vehemently denied the costs, claiming that the ladies had been groupies who wished to benefit from his fame and fortune achieved via hits like “I Imagine Can Fly.”
The choose indicated on Tuesday that she would grant the federal government’s request to make use of the tapes as proof on the trial that started on Aug. 18. There was no instant response to a message looking for remark from Kelly’s protection group.
The request got here a day after one other witness testified she noticed Kelly in a “sexual scenario” with R&B phenom Aaliyah round 1993, when she was solely 13 or 14. The lady additionally informed the jury that Kelly had intercourse along with her when she was 15 — the most recent in a sequence of accusers who say he sexually exploited them after they had been underage.
The lady — a former backup performer for Kelly who testified not utilizing her actual title — described opening a door on Kelly’s tour bus to search out him kneeling in entrance of Aaliyah and showing to carry out oral intercourse on the lady. She mentioned she instantly shut the door and left with out ever chatting with Kelly concerning the encounter.
The jury had beforehand heard a former Kelly employee testify how two faux IDs had been used to clear the way in which for Kelly to marry Aaliyah after he started a sexual relationship along with her and believed she had turn out to be pregnant. A wedding license that was put into proof falsely listed her age as 18; Kelly was 27 on the time.
Prosecutors say Kelly wished to make use of the wedding, which was later annulled, to protect himself from felony costs associated to having intercourse with a minor and to stop her from testifying towards him.
Aaliyah, whose full title was Aaliyah Dana Haughton, labored with Kelly, who wrote and produced her 1994 debut album, “Age Ain’t Nothing However A Quantity.” She died in a aircraft crash in 2001 at age 22.