R Kelly’s former backup dancer took the stand on Monday throughout his federal racketeering trial, telling the courtroom that the singer started having intercourse with her when she was 14 or 15 years outdated.
Witness ‘Jane Doe,’ who was launched in Brooklyn Federal Court as ‘Angela,’ additionally claimed that she as soon as walked in on Kelly performing oral intercourse on Aaliyah Haughton when the singer was simply 12 or 13 years outdated.
Kelly allegedly docked his prime aide’s pay as soon as for reserving appointments for two of his girlfriends at a nail salon that employed a person, and he anticipated the ladies in his orbit to avert their eyes within the presence of males.
Kelly, 54, has repeatedly denied accusations that he led a felony enterprise that sexually exploited ladies, ladies and even boys throughout a 30-year profession. His legal professionals have portrayed his accusers as groupies who’re mendacity about their relationships with him.
Witness ‘Angela,’ a backup dancer for R. Kelly, testifies throughout Kelly’s intercourse abuse trial at Brooklyn’s Federal District Court on Monday. The witness stated she noticed the singer carry out oral intercourse on teenage Aaliyah
R. Kelly sits with his legal professionals Nicole Blank Becker and Thomas Farinella on the fifteenth day of his racketeering trial at Brooklyn’s Federal District Court
Angela, who was the tenth accuser to testify towards Kelly over the previous three weeks, stated that she was both 14 or 15 years outdated within the early Nineties, and dealing for Kelly as a backup dancer, when the singer had sexual activity with her for the primary time.
According to the girl, she and different dancers have been anticipated to have intercourse with Kelly, reported the New York Daily News.
‘He informed us we needed to pay our dues. It was a requirement to be round,’ she stated.
The witness additionally recounted how one time she and different ladies have been using in Kelly’s tour bus and determined to play a prank on him by throwing water on him.
Angela stated she went to the again of the bus and barely opened the door of a bed room, revealing ‘Robert and Aaliyah in a sexual state of affairs.’
According to the testimony, Kelly was kneeling earlier than the teenage singer and his head was between her legs.
Angela stated she then abruptly shut the door and by no means spoke to Kelly about what she allegedly witnessed.
Aaliyah was about 13 years outdated on the time of the alleged encounter. Two years later, Kelly, then 27, illegally married the younger singer, in accordance with earlier testimony.
Diana Copeland, Kelly’s former aide, testified that one in every of his girlfriends made her change right into a gown throughout a 2019 assembly at Trump Tower so Kelly might see that she was not sporting a wire
Earlier on Monday, the jury heard testimony from Kelly’s former long-time assistant, Diana Copeland, who started testifying on Friday.
Copeland, who labored as an government assistant for Kelly for 14 years, claimed that when he summoned her to his condominium in Trump Tower in Chicago in 2019, after she had already stop her job, one of many hip hop star’s girlfriends, Jane, made her change right into a gown to be able to show that she was not sporting a wire.
‘Jane gave me a gown to placed on. She requested me was I wired,’ Copeland informed the jury in Brooklyn Federal Court. ‘I used to be shocked and I stated no.’
Copeland stated she eliminated the sweatshirt she was sporting and placed on the gown over her tank prime.
She stated Kelly, 54, dealing with allegations of sexual abuse, requested her to jot down a ‘truthful’ letter, stating that he by no means verbally, bodily or mentally abused anybody.
Copeland stated in courtroom that what she ought to have written as an alternative was that she by no means witnessed him commit abuse.
The ex-aide stated that years prior, Kelly had made her write a false confession, claiming that she had stolen cash from him.
Kelly, 54, has repeatedly denied accusations that he led a felony enterprise that sexually exploited ladies, ladies and even boys throughout a 30-year profession
Under cross-examination, Copeland denied a few of the claims that Kelly’s alleged victims had made through the trial, insisting that the ladies weren’t required to ask for permission to use the toilet, denied meals or locked in rooms for days.
In her testimony on Friday, nevertheless, Copeland claimed that a number of years earlier than Kelly’s 2019 arrest, the singer requested her why she had let one girlfriend ‘escape’ his condominium.
Copeland painted a portrait of Kelly as a controlling man who wouldn’t let his girlfriends experience in an Uber pushed by a person.
The former aide stated ought to must maintain ordering ride-shares till a female driver arrived.
In an effort to restrict his girlfriends’ interactions with different males, Copeland testified that he instructed them to show round in public locations, reminiscent of shops and elevators, in order to not meet a person’s gaze.
Copeland recounted how one time she inadvertently left Kelly’s girlfriend in an elevator as a result of the girl had turned to face the again wall when a person walked in, and he or she didn’t see Copeland depart.
Copeland stated Kelly had as soon as made her write a false confession, stating that she had stolen cash from him
The long-time former assistant stated she might transfer about his home comparatively freely, however she was anticipated to knock on partitions ‘to guarantee that I introduced my presence.’
She famous that Kelly anticipated everybody in his circle to knock on doorways earlier than coming into: a rule that was put in place by the singer’s ex-wife.
Copeland stated that regardless of numerous arguments that led her to stop as Kelly’s assistant a number of time, she repeatedly went again to working for him as a result of she felt ‘he did not have reliable workers.’
Copeland claimed that the award-winning singer didn’t management his checking account, didn’t know his personal Social Security quantity, and struggled with studying and writing.
Copeland was the fifth former worker of Kelly’s to testify towards him because the starting of the high-profile trial on August 18.