R. Kelly promised teen stardom for sex: testimony

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R. Kelly promised teen stardom for sex: testimony

Another alleged R. Kelly victim testified Monday that the disgraced R&B star promised her stardom as a young aspiring singer in exchange for sex — after she was recruited by one of his associates at a concert.

“I was 17,” the alleged victim told jurors in Brooklyn federal court. “Every single time we had sex, I had discomfort in my lower abdomen and pelvis. Initially, he joked and said everyone has it, not a big deal.”

The woman, now 23 and identified only as Zel, said the “I Believe I Can Fly” crooner eventually prodded her, “I think your p—y is broken.”

Zel took the stand as the second victim to testify against Kelly, whom she met in 2015 during his “Black Panties” tour. The singer had his associates give the then-teen his number with the warning, “Don’t tell anyone,” she testified.

Singer R. Kelly sits beside lawyers Thomas Farinella and Nicole Blank Becker during his sex abuse trial at Brooklyn's Federal District Court in New York, U.S., August 20, 2021 in a courtroom sketch. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg
Kelly, 54, is facing nine counts of racketeering, with prosecutors accusing him of sexually abusing girls and women and enlisting cohorts to recruit victims.
REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg

When the two met up at his room in the Dolphin Hotel in Orlando under the guise of an audition, Kelly told her he needed to sexually relieve himself before he could watch her audition for him, Zel testified.

He forced her to strip down to her underwear and coaxed her into letting him perform oral sex on her, she said.

She said he then promised, “I’ll take care of you for life.”

Her testimony is expected to continue this afternoon.

Last week, another alleged victim testified that Kelly made her wear her hair in pigtails and don a Girl Scout uniform when they had sex.

Kelly, 54, is facing nine counts of racketeering, with prosecutors accusing him of sexually abusing girls and women and enlisting cohorts to recruit victims. He faces 10 years in prison if convicted.

He also faces charges under the Mann Act, a 1910 law that forbids transporting “any woman or girl” over state lines for “immoral acts.”

Prosecutors contend he kept a harem of underage girls whom he molested at his Chicago mansion and elsewhere under strict rules of conduct.

Kelly, who has been locked up at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn since July 2019, has denied the allegations.

He faces similar charges in Illinois and Minnesota.

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