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Testimony set to resume Monday in R. Kelly child porn trial

CHICAGO — Testimony is set to resume Monday morning because the federal child pornography trial of disgraced R&B celebrity R. Kelly enters its second week.

On Friday, jurors had been proven 17 video clips that, prosecutors say, depicted Kelly participating in intercourse acts with a 14-year-old woman — his “goddaughter,” the prosecution’s star witness. The movies had been allegedly created in the late Nineteen Nineties when Kelly was in his early 30s.

On a number of events, each Kelly and the feminine had been heard in the movies referring to her physique components as “14-years-old.” 

The teen woman allegedly seen in the movies — recognized in court docket solely as “Jane” — testified at size final week that she and Kelly engaged in intercourse acts “hundreds” of instances when she was a minor.

Kelly’s attorneys haven’t straight disputed that it was Kelly in the movies.

Kelly’s lead protection legal professional, Jennifer Bonjean, advised reporters Friday that prosecutors might name “Jane’s” mom to testify Monday.

A federal grand jury in Chicago indicted Kelly, 55, on 13 counts in July 2019, accusing him of manufacturing and receiving child pornography, whereas additionally attractive minors to interact in unlawful sexual exercise.

Earlier this year, Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in jail by a federal choose in Brooklyn after he was discovered responsible of racketeering.

The Grammy-winning, multiplatinum-selling singer — who has remained in regulation enforcement custody since his 2019 arrest — was initially charged with sexually abusing 5 minors, although a superseding indictment in 2020 added a sixth alleged sufferer.

Two of Kelly’s former staff had been charged with him in the federal Chicago case: Derrel McDavid and Milton “June” Brown. Both are charged with one rely of conspiracy to obtain child pornography, whereas McDavid additionally faces two counts of receiving child pornography and one rely of conspiracy to impede justice.

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

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