Prosecutors in R. Kelly’s Chicago federal trial may relaxation their case as early as Tuesday, they introduced forward of jurors’ arrival within the courtroom.
That may put the trial on observe to end subsequent week, given just a few days for protection witnesses to testify on behalf of Kelly and his co-defendants.
Testimony continued Tuesday morning from a childhood friend of a lady who mentioned R. Kelly sexually assaulted her when she was underage.
Federal prosecutors referred to as Kelly Adams to the stand late Monday to corroborate the claims of her friend Tracy, who testified Monday utilizing solely her first title. There was in depth dialogue throughout cross-examination Monday about what year Tracy met the singer. Tracy testified it was in 1999, when she was 16; nonetheless, protection legal professional Jennifer Bonjean asserted strenuously that it may solely have occurred a year later, when Tracy was 17 — the authorized age of consent.
On cross-examination Tuesday from Bonjean, Adams was insistent that she and Tracy met Kelly when Tracy was 16. But in a signed assertion as a part of Tracy’s 2001 lawsuit, Adams mentioned that they met Kelly in 2000, when Tracy would have been 17.
“You suppose your reminiscence is best in August of 2022 than it was once you signed your assertion of August of ‘01?” Bonjean asked.
“In August of 2001, I don’t know what that’s, however I do know for certain it wasn’t 2000 after we met him,” she replied.
Some of her prior statements to legislation enforcement additionally mentioned Tracy may need been older than 16, Bonjean famous. Adams mentioned these had been merely estimates.
“‘Thinks,’ ‘maybe,’ these are all uncertain terms,” she mentioned.
Tracy on Monday instructed jurors in in depth element about Kelly’s sexual abuse and assault of her when she was 16. Another Kelly accuser additionally testified Monday below the pseudonym “Pauline,” saying she had sexual contact with the disgraced singer dozens if not a whole lot of instances when she was underage.
Both ladies got here below intense cross-examination from Bonjean, who asserted that each ladies had truly reached 17 — Illinois’ age of consent — after they started their sexual relationships with Kelly.
Kelly’s trial now in its third week on the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse, which has up to now featured almost two dozen witnesses.
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Kelly, 55, is charged with 13 counts of manufacturing of kid pornography, conspiracy to produce baby pornography and conspiracy to impede justice.
Also on trial are former Kelly associates Derrel McDavid and Milton “June” Brown, who, in accordance to the indictment, schemed to purchase again incriminating intercourse tapes that had been taken from Kelly’s assortment and conceal years of alleged sexual abuse of underage women.
Before the prosecution rests, jurors are anticipated to hear from two extra ladies who say Kelly sexually abused them after they had been underage. The trial’s first week centered on “Jane,” who recognized herself because the woman being sexually abused by the then-superstar in three separate movies from the Nineteen Nineties.
One of these movies grew to become the topic of Kelly’s 2008 Cook County trial, throughout which he was acquitted of kid pornography fees as a result of, prosecutors now allege, Kelly and his associates went to nice lengths to maintain “Jane” quiet and recuperate different incriminating footage.
Witnesses final week largely centered on these efforts. Three individuals testified that Kelly’s workforce paid them to convey him movies of his home made baby pornography whereas he was awaiting his Cook County trial. Defense attorneys, throughout prolonged cross-examinations, have challenged their tales as inconsistent and tried to paint them as unreliable extortionists.