R. Kelly called a predator at the outset of the sex abuse trial
The US R&B singer R. Kelly’s trial began at the Brooklyn, New York courthouse.
The star is accused of brutalism, sexual abuse and bribery; he has repeatedly denied these charges.
A few claims against the singer – Robert Sylvester Kelly’s full name – date back more than twenty years.
He might be sentenced to several decades in prison if he is convicted on all counts.
A jury of seven men and five women, who will decide the destiny of the 54-year-old Sänger, delivered opening declarations.
He was the leader of a two-decade scheme for recruiting women and young girls for sex. Mr Kelly faces the charges.
Maria Melendez, U.S. Assistant Attorney, said in her opening statement: “This case is about a predator.
“It’s not a famous person who likes a lot to celebrate.”
She described Mr Kelly as “a man who has used lies, manipulation, threats and physical violence for years to dominate its victims.”
Grammy’s winning artist sat silently and at times as his prosecution opened his cases, wearing a grey suit, lily tie and glass.
Ms Melendez said Kelly’s status as a celebrity meant “he was picked up by young fans” and “had all the tricks in a deceiving handbook” he hoarded his victims “like objects.”
Ms Melendez alleged that the singer was covering crimes using bodyguards, drivers, legal professionals and accountants.
She also claimed that he had bribed his victims with sex and then threatened to release tapes by filming and taking photographs.
Mr Kelly is accused of demanding that victims show “absolute commitment” by following strict rules including, with his permission, eating or going to the bathroom alone and not seeking the other men, calling him “Daddy.”
He pleads not guilty and denies no misconduct.
Details of Mr Kelly’s alleged abuse, including statements from some female accusers and at least one male accuser, are expected in the trial, which was delayed several times and is predicted to last for approximately a month.
Even if acquitted, in Illinois and Minnesota, Mr Kelly still faces sexual charges, where he also pleaded not guilty.
Over the last two years, Mr Kelly has been in prison. He was transferred from Chicago to Brooklyn for trial in June.
I believe it can fly, Bump n’ Grind, and if I could turn the hands back of the time. The singer’s most famous hits are Ignition (Remix).
On her way to court, Monica Miller, a BBC producer, told the singer to see supporters shouting ‘Free R. Kelly.’
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