****WARNING: This report contains disturbing and graphic particulars of allegations of sexual abuse****
CHICAGO (CBS) — The star witness in R. Kelly’s federal trial in Chicago returned to the witness stand on Friday, after telling a jury for the primary time that the singer started sexually abusing her when she was solely 14, and steadily recorded their intercourse acts.
Now 37, she has been recognized in court docket solely as “Jane,” and had beforehand denied Kelly abused her, and did not testify at his 2008 trial in Cook County on child pornography costs.
Back then, she and her household publicly denied the sexual abuse and denied it was her within the intercourse tape with Kelly. She was 14 when the sexual relationship began.
But federal prosecutors have stated “Jane” and her household have been paid off to lie on the file, threatened by the singer and his workforce.
For the primary time on Thursday, “Jane,” now 37, admitted publicly that she was the lady on videotape having intercourse with Kelly, in a recording that was on the heart of Kelly’s 2008 child pornography trial, at which he was acquitted.
“Jane” stated she stated she first met Kelly at age 12 or 13, throughout a gospel live performance at her church. She testified her Aunt later introduced her to Kelly’s recording studio together with her and inspired her to “sit on his lap,” “rub his head,” and “ask him to be her godfather.” She stated that is when the whole lot modified.
Within weeks their relationship turned sexual, and over the following few years, they might have intercourse an “uncountable” quantity of instances, lots of of instances, by the point she turned 18. She testified about three videos depicting the 2 having intercourse, together with group intercourse acts with underage buddies she stated Kelly inspired her to convey round.
“Jane” will return to the stand Friday morning to face cross-examination from Kelly’s protection lawyer, and afterward jurors are anticipated to view three videos prosecutors say present Kelly abusing her.
Kelly is on trial on a 13-count indictment, together with child pornography and obstruction of justice costs. Two associates, former business supervisor Derrel McDavid and former assistant Milton Brown, are being tried alongside him.