September 24, 2021

Prosecutors seek to present new evidence against R. Kelly in the forthcoming trial

The new allegations made in a 55-page bill include that he met a 17-year-old boy at a McDonald’s in Chicago in 2006 and forced him to have sex with other people. Kelly filmed this. .

In 2019, after the release of the documentary Surviving R. Kelly, Kelly’s crisis manager allegedly bribed a Cook County clerk to provide them with information about Kelly’s legal issues.
The prosecutor said in the motion that after searching Kelly’s phone, he found a recording of a conversation between the crisis manager and Kelly about bribery.

The prosecutor also wanted to provide evidence that Kelly believed that he had made singer Arya Horton pregnant when she married her at the age of 15 in 1994, which they claimed was to protect her from the obligation to testify against him.
The prosecutor also wanted to show a video showing Kelly’s physical and verbal abuse for the jury. One of the videos allegedly showed him threatening an 18-year-old woman whom he believed to be stolen from him.

Key background

R. Kelly’s trial is scheduled to begin in Federal Court for the Eastern District of New York on August 9. His indictment accused him of exploiting minors for sexual purposes, including Aaliyah, who was killed in a plane crash in 2001, and producing and receiving child pornography. The prosecutor also detailed at least 10 incidents of sexual abuse of different women dating back to 1991. Kelly has pleaded not guilty and is currently being held in the Brooklyn jail.

Further reading
R. Kelly: The history of allegations against him (BBC)
R. Kelly Associates was accused of threatening and trying to silence the plaintiff (Forbes)
R. Kelly Kelly arrested on federal racketeering and sex crime charges (Forbes)

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