R. Kelly is barred from testifying in a sex-trafficking caseKelly's attorneys opened their defence on Monday, summoning the first two of six scheduled witnesses. The musician isn't scheduled to appear in court.
Prosecutors trying to convict R. Kelly of racketeering and sex trafficking rested their case Monday after five weeks of gruesome evidence that included firsthand tales of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse.
The musician who ruled in the 1990s and early 2000s has been accused of sexual misconduct for decades, but he has only been prosecuted once for child pornography allegations, which he was acquitted of.
According to AFP, six of those called to testify stated they were under the age of consent when Kelly started sexual relations with them.
Six women have been charged: Jerhonda, Stephanie, Faith, Sonja, and a lady who testified under a false name, as well as Aaliyah, the R&B artist who died in a plane accident in 2001 but whom Kelly unlawfully married when she was 15 years old.
He pushed her to get an abortion when she was a teenager, according to one lady. Kelly allegedly gave many people herpes without informing them that he had the sexually transmitted virus.
The artist, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, is charged with one count of racketeering and eight counts of violating the Mann Act, which prohibits the transportation of persons over state boundaries for the purpose of sex.
Defence attorneys used cross-examination to undermine witnesses' credibility, claiming that the relationships were consensual, even romantic at times, and attempted to portray the women as spurned lovers or super fans who got envious or furious when their relationships with Kelly terminated.
Kelly's attorneys opened their defence on Monday, summoning the first two of six scheduled witnesses. The musician isn't scheduled to appear in court.