Fourteen years after a jury shockingly acquitted R. Kelly in a high-profile little one porn case, prosecutors will get a second crack on the disgraced Grammy winner.
The 55-year-old R&B singer is slated to seem in federal court docket in Chicago on Monday to start what in some ways is a do-over of his 2008 state trial, the place surprising video he took of himself sexually assaulting and urinating on a 14-year-old lady was prosecutors’ “Exhibit 1.”
Nonetheless, this time round, the sufferer is predicted to testify.
Among the many most critical fees R. Kelly faces is conspiracy to hinder justice by rigging the 2008 trial, together with by paying off and threatening the sufferer to verify she didn’t testify.
The fallen “I Imagine I Can Fly” singer and icon of ’90s pop stardom was slapped with 30 years in jail in June by a Brooklyn federal choose for a 2021 conviction on fees he sexually abused girls and underage ladies and boys over the course of many years.
Testimony by the 2008 sufferer, now in her 30s and referred to in court docket filings solely as “Minor 1,” is predicted to be essential.
Kelly will even be on trial for allegedly attractive 4 others to have intercourse with him after they have been minors. All are additionally anticipated to testify.
Extra convictions might add many years to Kelly’s Brooklyn sentence, which he’s interesting.
Prosecutors on the federal trial in Chicago plan to play the identical VHS tape that was prominently exhibited on the 2008 trial. At the very least three different movies will probably be entered into proof.
With Publish wires.