Fourteen years after a jury shockingly acquitted R. Kelly in a high-profile child pornography case, prosecutors will get a second chance to confront the disgraced Grammy winner.
The R&B singer, 55, is due to appear in federal court in Chicago on Monday to begin what is in many ways a rematch of his 2008 state trial, in which he shot a shocking video of himself sexually assaulting and urinating. a 14-year-old girl was prosecutors’ “Exhibit 1.”
However, this time, the victim would have to testify.
Among the most serious charges Kelly faces is conspiracy to obstruct justice by defrauding the 2008 trial, including paying and threatening the victim to ensure she does not testify.
The fallen “I Believe I Can Fly” singer and ’90s pop icon was sentenced in June to 30 years in prison by a federal judge in Brooklyn for a 2021 conviction for sexually abusing women and underage girls and boys by -over the decades.
Testimony from the 2008 victim, now 30 and referred to in court documents only as “minor 1,” should be crucial.
Kelly will also go on trial for allegedly tricking four other people into having sex with him when they were underage. All are also called to testify.
More convictions could add decades to Kelly’s sentence in Brooklyn, which he is appealing.
Prosecutors in the federal trial in Chicago plan to release the same VHS tape that was prominently displayed during the 2008 trial. At least three other videos will be entered into evidence.
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