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Woman testifies on contact with underage goddaughter

A former girlfriend of R. Kelly’s sobbed in a federal courtroom Thursday as she testified that Kelly’s longtime business supervisor advised her in 2007 they need to have killed her as an alternative of paying her to return an incriminating videotape of Kelly having intercourse with her and a 14-year-old woman.

Lisa Van Allen, 42, took the witness stand on the ninth day of Kelly’s federal trial in Chicago, the place the disgraced R&B star and two associates, Derrel McDavid and Milton “June” Brown,” are accused of conspiring to repay witnesses and purchase again intercourse tapes to cover years of Kelly’s sexual misconduct.

Van Allen testified that again within the late Nineties, she had sexual contact with Kelly and his underage goddaughter on the behest of the singer, who additionally filmed and directed their encounters. After she took one of many tapes and despatched it to a good friend in Kansas City, Kelly and his associates provided her $250,000 to get it again, she stated.

Near the tip of her direct examination, Van Allen broke down in tears as she described how McDavid threatened her at a lawyer’s office in Chicago after she had failed a polygraph take a look at concerning the tape.

“He said that I failed (the test), and that they should have murked me from the beginning” — that’s, they need to have killed her.

After that, at McDavid’s behest, she made a false assertion to a lawyer denying she ever had any sexual contact with Kelly’s goddaughter, who testified earlier within the trial beneath the pseudonym “Jane.”

“He told me to say it and I was afraid not to do what he asked,” she says, then broke down crying, bowing her head as she held a shaking hand over her mouth. “I never knew they were thinking about killing me.”

Van Allen stated she was upset about that remark, and advised McDavid she would inform Kelly about it. “He said Rob knew everything that was going on,” she stated, in an emotional voice.

At the protection desk, McDavid pursed his lips and turned to Kelly, who was seated behind him, and shook his head slowly.

Jurors have been intently watching Van Allen’s testimony, with many taking notes and a few leaned ahead of their seats, resting notebooks on the bench in entrance of them.

Van Allen was a controversial witness at Kelly’s first prison trial in Cook County 14 years in the past, which ended within the singer’s acquittal. Like then, Van Allen was testifying Thursday beneath a grant of immunity from prosecutors.

Van Allen testified she met “Jane,” Kelly’s goddaughter, in 1998. Jane would have been round 14 years outdated on the time, however Kelly advised Van Allen she was 16, Van Allen stated.

The three of them had three sexual encounters over the subsequent three years, Van Allen testified, and Kelly filmed all of them. Van Allen used her arms to mime for the jury the way in which Kelly would arrange the tripod and video digital camera.

At the start of her testimony. Van Allen was calm however considerably nervous, swiveling in her chair and pausing typically to sip from a water bottle. When she started to debate the sexual contact with younger Jane, her face grew very somber.

During the second filmed threesome, in 1999, Van Allen started crying as a result of she didn’t need to take part, she testified.

“(Kelly) said ‘what was he going to do with this?’ … I guess cause it wouldn’t have been good footage to watch if I’m on there crying.”

An encounter in 2000 was interrupted by Kelly’s group, Van Allen stated. Kelly ordered “Jane” to cover within the toilet, she testified, a request he didn’t make of Van Allen.

That identical year, Jane advised Van Allen that she could be getting a PT Cruiser for her sixteenth birthday. Van Allen was upset since she had been beneath the impression Jane was 16 two years earlier, throughout their first sexual encounter, she testified.

After that, Van Allen stated, “I didn’t want to do any more threesomes. I didn’t want to do the first ones, but I definitely didn’t want any more encounters. Because she was 14! She had to be 14.”

Kelly would carry his intercourse tapes with him in a duffel bag, Van Allen testified. And in some unspecified time in the future across the year 2000, she realized she was alone with that bag, and went on the lookout for any tapes she was on.

“I didn’t want him in possession of them,” she stated. “… I didn’t want to do (the threesomes). I didn’t want him looking at them or having them in possession.”

Van Allen gave the tape to her good friend Keith Murrell, she testified. It wasn’t till 2007 that she heard there could be copies of the tape on the market, and he or she grew nervous, she stated.

She didn’t need it on the market, and thought Kelly would assist her get it again, she testified.

“He had an upcoming trial for a similar tape, and on this one it actually said how old she was,” she stated.

Van Allen met Kelly at his Olympia Fields mansion, the place Kelly obtained in a sizzling tub with her earlier than providing to offer her $250,000 to get the tape again. He additionally advised her to deal with McDavid “from this point forward,” she testified.

After that, she and Murrell introduced the tape again and took a sequence of polygraph assessments, she stated. They obtained a few of the money from McDavid in return, and Van Allen was advised they’d get the remainder after Kelly’s trial, she stated.

After McDavid advised her she had failed the third polygraph, she testified, he made the remark about how they need to have simply killed her.

testified Thursday that she met Kelly in 1998, when she was 18. She was launched to him at a video shoot and never lengthy afterward started touring to satisfy him in Chicago, she testified.

Soon afterward, she moved to Chicago outright and commenced a romantic relationship with Kelly, she testified. Kelly saved making her miss her flights when she visited, she stated.

“I told him ‘I couldn’t keep missing my flights, I’ll get fired,’” she testified. “… he asked me what did I make and I told him. He ended up just giving me the cash.”

Kelly would direct her on what to do and what to say throughout their sexual encounters, she testified, and would typically videotape them having intercourse, notably once they had threesomes, she testified.

Kelly didn’t permit her to talk to or make eye contact with different males in his presence, she stated. He would hit her if she didn’t “listen to Daddy,” she stated.

Kelly, 55, is charged with 13 counts of manufacturing of kid pornography, conspiracy to supply baby pornography and conspiracy to impede justice.

Also on trial are McDavid and one other affiliate, Milton “June” Brown, who, based on 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 ladies.

Jurors within the intently watched case have up to now heard from 14 different witnesses, together with Jane, who testified final week Kelly videotaped sexual encounters with her when she was simply 14, then pressured and in the end paid off her and her household to stay silent. Clips from three of these movies had been proven to the jury on Friday.

This week has been dominated by one other key prosecution witness, Charles Freeman, a Kansas City merchandiser and who advised the jury Kelly and his associates agreed to pay him as much as one million {dollars} within the early 2000s to search out different incriminating movies earlier than they might be made public.

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The trial is predicted to final about 4 weeks. Prosecutors on Wednesday advised U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber that they’d hoped to relaxation their case in chief by the center of subsequent week, however the prolonged testimony by Freeman could have set that plan again.

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