Reuters – A lady who accuses R. Kelly of sexually abusing her advised jurors at his racketeering trial on Wednesday that she was unnerved when she noticed a gun close to the place the R&B singer pressured her to carry out oral intercourse on him.
In her second day of testimony, the lady, who recognized herself as Religion, mentioned the Los Angeles encounter passed off in January 2018, close to the tip of an 11-month relationship throughout which Kelly flew her to live shows or recording studios and skilled her to please him sexually.
Religion, who mentioned she was 19 when she met the then-50-year-old Kelly at a San Antonio live performance in March 2017, testified that the gun left her “intimidated” and scared of what would occur if she tried to depart.
“I wasn’t even going to step out of line,” she advised the jury of seven males and 5 ladies in Brooklyn federal court docket.
Kelly, whose full title is Robert Sylvester Kelly, has been on trial since Aug. 18 for working what prosecutors known as a decades-long scheme concentrating on ladies and women for intercourse, with the assistance of staff and assistants in his entourage.
Identified for the 1996 Grammy-winning track “I Consider I Can Fly,” the 54-year-old Kelly has pleaded not responsible to at least one racketeering rely and eight counts of violating an interstate intercourse trafficking regulation.
Religion mentioned her relationship with Kelly resulted in February 2018 at a resort in Manhattan, the place she resisted his need for intercourse and made it bodily tough for him to aim intercourse.
“I do know I had pissed him off,” Religion mentioned.
Quickly after returning residence to Texas, Religion mentioned she examined optimistic for type-1 herpes.
She blamed Kelly, and mentioned he wouldn’t talk about it on a later cellphone name, after she had employed a lawyer.
“I knew it was him,” Religion mentioned.
Kelly’s indictment describes the alleged mistreatment of six ladies and women, together with the late singer Aaliyah. A male accuser has additionally mentioned Kelly sexually abused him.
A number of accusers, together with Religion, and former staff have testified that Kelly demanded strict obedience to his guidelines whilst he preyed on victims, together with aspiring singers who hoped he may advance their very own music careers.
Coronavirus protocols have required the press and public to look at the trial in overflow courtrooms with video feeds.
Earlier than Wednesday’s testimony, Assistant U.S. Legal professional Nadia Shihata mentioned damaging feedback had been made on Tuesday in an overflow courtroom, with one individual calling a witness a “silly bitch.”
Kelly’s legal professionals declined to remark when requested if it needed to reply.
Many sexual abuse accusations in opposition to Kelly have been mentioned within the 2019 Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly.” Kelly additionally faces sex-related expenses in Illinois and Minnesota.
(Reporting by Tyler Clifford in New York; Enhancing by Howard Goller)