R. Kelly is barred from testifying in a sex-trafficking case

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.
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R. Kelly is barred from testifying in a sex-trafficking case.

R. Kelly is on trial in Brooklyn for federal racketeering and sex trafficking charges, as shown seen in a Chicago courthouse in 2019.

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.

Federal prosecutors summoned 45 witnesses in a Brooklyn courtroom, including 11 accusers, nine women, and two men, in an attempt to portray Kelly as the mastermind of a criminal enterprise that allowed him to prey on women and children for over 30 years.

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.

Over the course of more than a month of testimony, women described being raped, beaten, drugged, imprisoned, and sometimes refused food or access to toilets.

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.

He rejects all allegations. Kelly is facing charges in three other places in addition to his Brooklyn trial, including child pornography and obstruction charges in federal court in Illinois.

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.

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