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


R. Kelly is a sexual predator who parlayed his fame to abuse minors, a prosecutor mentioned Monday throughout closing arguments on the R&B star’s little one 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 government’s star witness on the month-long trial.

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

She mentioned Kelly and his two co-defendants helped to recuperate little one pornography movies and hid proof earlier than Kelly’s 2008 trial, at which he was acquitted.

She mentioned they acted to cowl up the truth that “R. Kelly … the R&B celebrity … is definitely a sexual predator.”

‘That secret was value $1 million’

Pozolo described in graphic element the video excerpts jurors noticed that she mentioned present Kelly abusing Jane whereas she calls him “daddy” and refers to herself as being 14 years previous. She mentioned Kelly may be seen strolling as much as the digital camera to regulate it. Jane testified at trial that she was {the teenager} within the video.

“That abuse is endlessly memorialized,” Pozolo instructed jurors, her voice rising. “Who does that? Who makes use of a 14-year-old little one to movie a video like this? This man. Robert Kelly.”

Earlier than Kelly’s 2008 trial, Pozolo mentioned Kelly and his associates scrambled to recuperate intercourse movies that had gone lacking from a set he usually carried round in a big fitness center bag. Extra tapes revealing Kelly as a sexual abuser might sink his profession and land him in but extra authorized bother, so he was ready to make six- and seven-figure funds to get them again, Pozolo mentioned.

“The key that might damage Kelly endlessly if it got here out,” she mentioned. “So sure, that secret was value $1 million.”

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 Solar-Occasions through AP)

Earlier than the defence rested late Friday, Kelly co-defendant and ex-business supervisor Derrel McDavid testified that he had believed Kelly when he denied abusing minors — then mentioned he began having doubts about Kelly’s believability in the course of the trial that began final month.

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

Kelly already going through 30 years in jail

Jane didn’t testify in 2008, and jurors cited that as a purpose they could not convict Kelly then. The present 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 bunch of instances beginning when she was 14.

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

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

Kelly, 55, is already going through 30 years in jail after a separate federal trial in New York in June.

Recognized for his smash hit I Imagine I Can Fly and for sex-infused songs akin to Bump n’ Grind, Kelly offered hundreds of thousands of albums even after allegations of sexual misconduct started circulating within the Nineteen Nineties. Widespread outrage emerged after the #MeToo reckoning and the 2019 docuseries Surviving R. Kelly.

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