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R. Kelly’s former girlfriend says singer’s business manager told her ‘they should have murked me’

CHICAGO — Six years after R. Kelly’s girlfriend took a bootleg tape from the singer’s assortment, Kelly’s business manager told her that “they should have murked me from the beginning,” the girl testified Thursday.

Asked what she thought that to imply, the girl replied by means of tears, “kill me.”

Lisa Van Allen — Kelly’s former girlfriend who spoke at size within the “Surviving R. Kelly” documentary collection — testified for hours Thursday about her relationship with the singer and why she took the tape that, she stated, confirmed her and Kelly participating in intercourse acts together with his 14-year-old goddaughter.

The risk got here from Derrel McDavid, Kelly’s former business manager and one among his two co-defendants, after Van Allen and one other man returned the tape to the singer in 2007, six years after Van Allen took it from Kelly’s recording studio, she stated.

Van Allen additionally testified at Kelly’s 2008 trial. She told jurors in that case that she was 17 years outdated when she met Kelly in 1998. On Thursday, although, she acknowledged she was truly 18 on the time.

Van Allen told jurors that after she and Kelly began relationship, Kelly introduced the minor woman into their intercourse life, saying she was his 16-year-old neighbor. On three events, Van Allen, Kelly and the minor engaged in threesomes, which Kelly recorded. During the second threesome, Van Allen began to cry as a result of “I didn’t wanna do it,” she stated.

In 2000, in the course of the third threesome, the three have been interrupted by a number of of Kelly’s staff, Van Allen stated. Kelly then told the minor woman — referred to in courtroom as “Jane” — to run into the lavatory and conceal. Van Allen stated she later turned very upset after she realized the woman was youthful than 16.

That identical year, Van Allen stated, she discovered herself alone in Kelly’s recording studio the place he saved his home made intercourse tapes. She stated she then performed a number of of them on a VCR looking for a tape that contained footage of her having intercourse with Kelly. She ultimately discovered one which contained three completely different scenes: one threesome of Van Allen, Kelly and “Jane,” and two different scenes of Kelly participating in intercourse acts with solely “Jane.”

“I didn’t want him watching the tape,” Van Allen stated of Kelly.

Van Allen took that tape and mailed it to a pal of hers, Keith Murrell, in Kansas City.

Beau Brindley, McDavid’s lead protection lawyer, pressed Van Allen about inconsistencies between her testimony Thursday and different earlier sworn statements she’s made. Brindley pointed to Van Allen’s 2008 trial testimony wherein she stated, “I’ve never seen a tape with just Robert and ‘Jane.’”

Brindley additionally identified that, regardless of Van Allen saying she took the tape from Kelly to forestall him from watching it, she stated she moved to return the tape to him six years later after studying that Kelly would pay $250,000 for its return.

Van Allen’s testimony got here on the ninth day of Kelly’s trial. Prosecutors stated Thursday that they are going to conclude their case late subsequent week, then every defendant will current their case in chief.

A federal grand jury in Chicago indicted Kelly, 55, on 13 counts in July 2019, accusing him of manufacturing and receiving youngster pornography, whereas additionally engaging minors to interact in unlawful sexual exercise. Earlier this year, Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in jail by a federal decide in Brooklyn after he was discovered responsible of racketeering.

McDavid Milton Brown, Kelly’s two co-defendants and two of the singer’s former staff, are charged with one rely of conspiracy to obtain youngster pornography, whereas McDavid additionally faces two counts of receiving youngster pornography and one rely of conspiracy to impede justice.

Prosecutors allege Kelly and people in his interior circle paid out lots of of hundreds of {dollars} over time in an effort to trace down video tapes that Kelly made that allegedly present him participating in sexual exercise with underage victims.

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