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prosecution rests after fourth accuser testifies singer sexually abusing her as a girl

****WARNING: This story incorporates particulars of allegations of sexual abuse of a minor****

Federal prosecutors rested their case Tuesday in R. Kelly’s federal trial in Chicago, after a fourth lady took the witness stand to testify the singer sexually abused her when she was a girl.

The lady, going by the pseudonym “Nia” on the stand, mentioned she was solely 15 years outdated when she met Kelly, asking for an autograph in a mall in Atlanta, testifying she informed Kelly she was 15 on a telephone name after meeting him at a mall in Atlanta.

Nia later detailed two sexual encounters with Kelly in 1996; one at a resort throughout his live performance tour in Minnesota, and one other later the identical year at his music studio in Chicago.

She mentioned Kelly, figuring out she was 15 on the time, invited her to satisfy him on his live performance tour in Minnesota, and had his employees prepare journey from Atlanta. Nia mentioned she informed her mother she was staying at pal’s that weekend.

Nia informed the jury that Kelly met her in her resort room the morning after that live performance, kissing her as soon as on the lips, telling her to take off her garments and stroll in direction of him, continuing to the touch and kiss her breasts. She mentioned he masturbated earlier than leaving.

The second incident was at Kelly’s music studio, when she spent the next summer season with household in Chicago.

She mentioned she introduced her cousins with her to the studio — together with one who later testified she was there to guard Nia – however throughout a transient period of time Nia was alone with Kelly, mentioned he kissed and groped her.

In cross-examination, Kelly’s lawyer requested Nia about a lawsuit she filed towards Kelly in 2002, and settled out of courtroom for $500,000. Nia mentioned she reached a personal lawyer in Chicago and expressed curiosity in being a witness for the prosecution in his pending youngster pornography case at the moment, however ended up with a lawsuit of her personal.

Nia confirmed, when requested by protection lawyer Jennifer Bonjean, that she by no means known as the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office to supply to testify in that case. Kelly later was acquitted of these costs, and is now accused of rigging that trial by paying off and intimidating witnesses.

Jurors heard from greater than two dozen witnesses for the prosecution over the previous two weeks. Prosecutors mentioned, of their opening statements, the jury would hear from 5 Kelly accusers, however the authorities rested its case after calling solely 4 of these ladies to the stand – the pivotal witness “Jane,” “Pauline,” “Tracy,” and “Nia.”

Defense attorneys will start presenting their case on Thursday. The decide mentioned closing arguments might start by the center of subsequent week.

Kelly, 55, is on trial on a 13-count indictment, together with youngster pornography and obstruction of justice costs. Kelly’s former business supervisor Derrel McDavid and former assistant Milton “June” Brown are being tried alongside him, accused of scheming with Kelly to purchase again incriminating intercourse tapes to assist cover up his intercourse crimes and rig his 2008 youngster pornography trial in Cook County, at which Kelly was acquitted.  

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