by Maria Kaspani | Reuters
New York – R. Kelly’s attorney tried to downplay claims Wednesday of a woman accusing the R&B singer of sexual abuse by showing her letters she wrote to family members accusing her parents of selling her Was.
Attorney Deverox Cannick asks a woman known on the witness stand as Jane to read the letter, in which she says her parents suggested she lied to Kelly about her age, and that they had told her that she was not. Tried to profit financially from her relationship with him.
In an un-dated letter to her brother, Jen said her mother would be “annoyed” to take pictures and videos of her and Kelly so she could blackmail him, and prompted him to wear provocative clothes for the singer.
Now 23, Jane told prosecutors that Kelly, 54, forced her and the other young women to write the letter to protect her from potential legal trouble.
“The defendant will tell us exactly what to say,” Jane testified on her third day in the witness stand in Kelly’s sexual abuse trial in federal court in Brooklyn.
Kelly, best known for the Grammy-winning song “I Believe I Can Fly”, has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he ran a decades-long racketeering scheme in which he had sex with six women and girls, including Jane and the late singer Aaliyah. mistreated.
Some Kelly fans gathered outside the courthouse on Wednesday to show support and signs reading “Free Are Kelly” were written in bright chalk on a nearby sidewalk.
Jen has said that she met Kelly at a Florida music festival, later stayed with her until the summer of 2019, and left her for good in October.
She said that during their first meeting, Kelly pressured her into oral sex before auditioning for her singing.
Jen said that she began meeting Kelly regularly and having sex with him in various cities.
She testified that her parents eventually agreed to put her under the care of a woman Kelly knew so Jane could live with the singer in Chicago, while virtually attending high school.
Later on Wednesday, Malak Benbadallah, a former high school friend of Jane’s, testified that Jane told her in text messages exchanged in 2015 that he had sex with Kelly and believed she was pregnant. . Prosecutors showed text messages between two teens at the time, one of which contained a baby bottle emoji.
Kelly also faces criminal sex-related criminal charges in Illinois and Minnesota. Several allegations of sex-related misconduct were discussed in the 2019 Lifetime documentary “Surviving Are Kelly.”