R. Kelly a predator using fame to abuse minors, prosecutor alleges in closing argument

R. Kelly is a sexual predator who parlayed his fame to abuse minors, a prosecutor said Monday all by way of closing arguments on the R&B star’s baby pornography and trial-fixing trial.

Addressing jurors in a courtroom in Chicago, Kelly’s hometown, Elizabeth Pozolo cited one among Kelly’s accusers who was the federal authorities’s star witness on the month-prolonged trial.

Referring to the accuser by a pseudonym, “Jane,” Pozolo said Kelly “took benefit of Jane’s youth. He repeatedly abused her. He carried out degrading acts upon her for his personal sick pleasure.”

She said Kelly and his two co-defendants helped to get properly baby pornography movies and hid proof earlier than Kelly’s 2008 trial, at which he was acquitted.

She said they acted to cowl up the fact that “R. Kelly … the R&B celeb … is unquestionably a sexual predator.”

‘That secret was value $1 million’

Pozolo described in graphic element the video excerpts jurors noticed that she said current Kelly abusing Jane whereas she calls him “daddy” and refers to herself as being 14 years previous. She said Kelly might even be seen strolling as a lot as a end result of the digital camera to regulate it. Jane testified at trial that she was the teenager inside the video.

“That abuse is eternally memorialized,” Pozolo advised jurors, her voice rising. “Who does that? Who makes use of a 14-yr-previous baby to film a video like this? This man. Robert Kelly.”

earlier than Kelly’s 2008 trial, Pozolo said Kelly and his associates scrambled to get properly intercourse movies that had gone lacking from a group he usually carried round in an monumental gymnasium bag. extra tapes revealing Kelly as a sexual abuser might sink his profession and land him in but extra authorized problem, so he was ready to make six- and seven-decide funds to get them again, Pozolo said.

“the key that will destroy Kelly eternally if it bought here out,” she said. “So sure, that secret was value $1 million.”

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Derrel McDavid walks into the Dirksen Federal Courthouse in Chicago as opening statements have been anticipated to start in R. Kelly’s trial on Aug. 17, 2022. McDavid is accused of serving to Kelly repair his 2008 trial. He has denied wrongdoing. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago photo voltaic-occasions by way of AP)

earlier than the defence rested late Friday, Kelly co-defendant and ex-enterprise supervisor Derrel McDavid testified that he had believed Kelly when he denied abusing minors — then said he started having doubts about Kelly’s believability all by way of the trial that started final month.

Kelly and McDavid are charged with fixing Kelly’s 2008 state baby pornography trial by threatening witnesses and concealing video proof.

Kelly already dealing with 30 years in jail

Jane did not testify in 2008, and jurors cited that as a motive they might not convict Kelly then. the current proceedings are in some methods a do-over of that trial. This time, Jane testified that she was the lady in that video and that Kelly had sexually abused her a whole lot of occasions starting when she was 14.

Kelly and McDavid additionally face baby pornography fees. one other co-defendant, Kelly affiliate Milton Brown, is accused of receiving baby pornography.

McDavid was the one one who testified on his personal behalf.

Kelly, fifty five, is already dealing with 30 years in jail after a separate federal trial in ny in June.

acknowledged for his smash hit I contemplate I Can Fly and for intercourse-infused songs comparable to Bump n’ Grind, Kelly supplied tens of millions of albums even after allegations of sexual misconduct started circulating inside the Nineteen Nineties. Widespread outrage emerged after the #MeToo reckoning and the 2019 docuseries Surviving R. Kelly.

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