Kelly is accused of sexual abuse, bribery and two decades of blackmail.
R&B Singer R. Kellyn the former tour manager told the court on Friday that he paid a $ 500 bribe to the authority on behalf of Kelly in 1994. With a bribe, Kelly received a fake ID at the time for a minor singer For Aaliyahwith whom Kelly married. Kelly was 27, Aaliyah 15. Kelly feared she had made Aaliyah pregnant, the former tour manager said.
According to the news agency Reuters.
Former tour manager Demetrius Smith, 65, said Kelly’s accountant began making arrangements for the marriage in August 1994, and told Kelly that this should protect both herself and Aaliyah.
When the prosecutor asked why Kelly needed protection, Smith replied that “probably because of prison,” Reuters says.
Kelly and Aaliyah’s marriage was annulled after six months. Aaliyah aka Aaliyah Haughton died in a plane crash in 2001.
At trial another assistant to R. Kelly was also heard Anthony Navarroa, who said that for Kelly, working was almost as if it had been “on the frontiers of twilight”. Twilight zone), Reuters reports.
The work of sound designer Navarro for Kelly for about 2.5 years in 2007–2009, according to her testimony, largely included finding women by car to R. Kelly and other trivial tasks.
Navarro described the controlling atmosphere of Kelly’s home. People had to follow “Rob’s rules,” which meant, for example, that women living in the house were not allowed to talk and that women’s movements had to be closely monitored.
Witness statements was heard on the third day of the trial in New York. Kelly, 54, is accused of sexual abuse, bribery and two decades of extortion.
The money laundering charge is related to Kelly’s suspected cult, in which she has complete control over the lives of six women and girls who lived on her rental properties.
Kelly has denied the charges. If Kelly is convicted of all charges, she will even face a life sentence. Kelly is also awaiting separate trials for suspected sexual offenses in both Illinois and Minnesota.
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