Monday, June 27, 2022

Eyewitnesses say that R. Kelly kept her locked up, assaulted her

by Tom Hays | The Associated Press

NEW YORK – She was an unsuspecting radio station intern in 2003 when she thought of having a career-making interview with R&B superstar – R Kelly.

Instead, she had a horrific experience being locked in a darkened room for days, now many years later she is witnessing in detail. She said she still lives with a firm belief that Kelly drugged and violated her while she was unconscious.

“I was sexually assaulted,” the woman told jurors in Kelly’s sex-trafficking trial on Thursday. “It wasn’t something I was invited to.”

The witness, who testified without using his real name, became the latest in a series of accusers to take a witness stand against Kelly since the trial began in New York City on August 18. Kelly, 54, has repeatedly denied allegations that he led a criminal enterprise that sexually abused women, girls and even boys over the course of a 30-year career, his anthem “I Believe I Can Fly”. Highlighted by. His lawyers portray him as a group of accusers who are lying about their relationship with him.

Describing her experience with Kelly publicly for the first time, the former radio intern stated that she was a 21-year-old single mom from Salt Lake City when she panicked to contact Kelly’s crew about an interview.

“This would have been my first biggest celebrity interview,” said Sakshi, now 39. “I thought it would kickstart my career.”

He was invited to fly to Chicago and meet Kelly at his “Chocolate Factory” music studio, which was paid for by a Grammy-winning recording artist. There, she is greeted by someone who signed her a non-disclosure agreement, demanding personal information about her family and making her wonder if she “needs protection”—specifically, a Condoms, she testified.

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“No, I’m not here for that,” she replied.

She was asked to wait alone for Kelly in a windowless room. When she tried to get out, she found that the door was locked from the outside and, after banging on the door with no response, she needed permission from Kelly to go to the bathroom or anywhere else, she said.

“I was scared. I was embarrassed. I was embarrassed,” she said.

The witness claimed he was given Chinese takeout and a soda – two days before he was given something to eat. After taking only a few bites and sips from her meal, she passed out on a couch, she said.

She said she saw someone take off all her clothes and felt the “wet stuff” between her legs and thighs, she said. He also saw Kelly pulling up his pants in the corner, he said, explaining to her that he had assaulted her.

Kelly left the room saying he would be back soon, she said, the last time he saw her. She said it felt like a few more days had passed before she was given the flight home.

She said that while leaving the studio, an employee warned her to keep her mouth shut about what had happened. The way it was put: “Don f—with Mr. Kelly.” She took it as a potential threat to her child and family.

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As he has with the other accusers, defense attorney Deveraux Canick pressured the witness to explain why it took him years to come forward with his charges. She also noted his confession that he had a cell phone when he alleged that she had been locked in the room.

“Did you call 911? After you were raped, according to you, you didn’t call 911?” Devereaux asked about cross-examination.

“That’s right,” she replied.

The charges resulted in the woman being listed on a kidnapping charge in a broader racketeering indictment against Kelly, which has kept her in prison since 2019. It alleges that he “confessed to one person in association with others, knowingly and knowingly” that the document was identified only as “Jane”. Do.”

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