R Kelly’s child porn trial ‘on her dark, hidden side’, prosecutors say |  News of Arts and Entities

R Kelly’s child porn trial ‘on her dark, hidden side’, prosecutors say | News of Arts and Entities

R Kelly’s trial on allegations that he made child pornography and lured underage girls for sex is about his “dark” and “hidden” side, prosecutors said.

R&B singer He is also accused of rigging his 2008 child pornography trial in federal court in his hometown of chicagoIllinois.

Assistant US Attorney Jason Julien tried to give jurors insight into Kelly’s alleged exploitation Wednesday, saying he “repeatedly” had sex with girls as young as 14, 15 and 16.

He told the court that the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer had sex with “several girls, hundreds of times.”

R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison in June for using his fame to sexually abuse young fans.

The 55-year-old is now on trial accused of enticing minors for sex, producing child pornography and rigging his 2008 state child pornography trial in which he was acquitted.

One focus of the trial will be whether Kelly threatened and paid off a girl he allegedly videotaped having sex with when he was in his 30s and she was no more than 14.

The indictment supports another of the charges against Kelly: conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Jurors in the 2008 child pornography trial acquitted Kelly, with some later explaining that they felt they had no choice because the girl did not testify.

The woman, now in her 30s and mentioned in court documents only as Minor 1, will be the government’s star witness.

When she testifies, prosecutors explained, they will not use her real name, nor will they refer to her as Minor 1. Instead, they will call her by a single pseudonym: Jane.

He is expected to provide proof that he was on video having sex with Kelly. The recording was at the center of the 2008 trial, which lasted a month, and was heard by jurors almost every day.

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kelly- who was recently taken off suicide watch at a Brooklyn jail – also faces four counts of sexual solicitation of minors, one for each of the other four accusers. They are also expected to testify.

Julien said during opening statements that Kelly’s music career was his “public side”, before saying that the singer had “another side: a hidden side, a dark side”.

He added: “This trial is about the hidden side of Kelly.”

Jennifer Bonjean, Kelly’s lead attorney, told the jury to decline the prosecution’s representation of her client.

“When the government wants to paint him as a monster,” he said, “remember that we are talking about a human being.”

Bonjean also warned jurors about what he described as a “climate of mob justice” surrounding Kelly, referring to the six-part documentary “Surviving R Kelly” and years of social media posts about his behavior.

Two of Kelly’s associates, Derrel McDavid and Milton Brown, are co-defendants in the Chicago trial.

McDavid is accused of helping Kelly fix the 2008 trial, while Brown is accused of receiving child pornography.

Like Kelly, they have denied any wrongdoing.

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Derrel McDavid, center, arrives in court for opening statements
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Derrel McDavid, center, arrives in court for opening statements
Milton Brown is one of Kelly's co-defendants.  Photo: AP
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Milton Brown is one of Kelly’s co-defendants. Photo: AP

As both sides began exercising peremptory challenges, in which they can remove a set number of potential jurors from the pool, one of Kelly’s attorneys accused prosecutors of trying to remove Black people from the jury to “deny Mr. Kelly a jury of their peers.

Prosecutors noted that many African Americans had already made it to the jury before the defense objected, and argued that their reasons for wanting to target some had nothing to do with race.

In one case, they said an older man seemed to have difficulty staying awake.

Judge Harry Leinenweber partially agreed with the defense, barring prosecutors from removing three black people from the jury and reinstating them.

About half of the 12 included jurors were identified as black by the judge, prosecutor and defense attorneys. Six alternates were also selected.

Kelly will be in her 80s before she qualifies for early release based on her 30-year sentence in New York, which she is appealing.

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