CHICAGO (AP) Two more accusers took the witness stand at R. Kellys child pornography and solicitation of minors trial Monday, bringing to three the full total amount of accusers to possess testified up to now at the federal trial in Chicago.
The initial accuser, who testified fourteen days ago beneath the pseudonym Jane, is crucial to some other of the charges that the R&B singer successfully rigged his 2008 state child pornography trial by threating witnesses and concealing video evidence.
Kelly, 55, was handed a 30-year prison sentence by way of a federal judge in NY in June for convictions on racketeering and sex trafficking charges.
In every, the prosecution cited five accusers in pre-trial filings, though it really is unclear if both of the rest of the accusers will testify prior to the government rests sometime this week. The trial was likely to last per month, overall in mid-September.
An accuser who used the pseudonym Pauline, told jurors Monday she was a middle school classmate of Janes and that Jane introduced her to Kelly in 1998 if they were 14 and Kelly was around 30.
When she was at Kellys Chicago home later that year, Pauline said she was startled to walk in on Kelly and a naked Jane in a basement area. She said Kelly informed her that people all have secrets and that is our secret.
Pauline many times told jurors she had loved Kelly. But, as a 37-year-old mom, she said she now had another perspective.
If somebody did something to my kids, Im killing em. Period, she said.
Kelly sexually abused her over 100 times, starting when she was 14, plus they first had intercourse when she was 15, she testified.
Under cross-examination, lead Kelly lawyer Jennifer Bonjean accused Pauline to be imprecise about how exactly often she had sex with Kelly when she was underage.
Whether it’s a few times, whats wrong is wrong, Pauline shot back.
The next accuser to testify Monday, described only as Tracy, said she was introduced to Kelly when she was 16 by way of a boss at an archive company she was interning for in 1998. Tracy told jurors she repeatedly rebuffed Kellys advances.
At an area in Kellys Chicago studio, she recalled telling him after he began pulling her near him, You understand Im 16? Minutes later, when he exposed himself I tried to pull back but he previously a your hands on my shirt, Tracy testified.
On another occasion, she described Kelly getting into a accommodation where Tracy was staying and yelling at her for having clothes on under her bathrobe.
I told him I didnt want sex, she testified.
But she said Kelly ordered her to find yourself in the bed with him anyway and that at several points used force to sexually abuse her. She said she first had intercourse with Kelly when she was 16, then a large number of occasions when she was 17 and 18.
Tracy started to cry on the stand Monday as she begun to tell jurors concerning the day Kelly walked right into a room where Tracy have been waiting. Kelly arrived with Jane.
I really was confused and just really angry, she recalled. I simply didnt think there was other people but me and Rob.
Kellys 2008 trial revolved around a video that state prosecutors said showed Kelly abusing Jane. But after acquitting Kelly in 2008, jurors said that they had no choice as the girl didn’t take the witness stand at that trial.
Jane did testify at the existing trial, saying she was the kid in the video and Kelly was the adult man.