A female who says she was sexually assaulted by R. Kelly instructed a Brooklyn court docket that the singer locked her up without the need of meals or h2o for at the very least two times and then drugged her before the assault.
The accuser, who was interning at a Utah radio station throughout the 2003 incident, testified she was held captive in Kelly’s Chicago studio after the singer promised the then-21-calendar year-old she could job interview him.
The witness, identified as “Sonia,” stated when she was eventually authorized to try to eat she took a several bites and “felt one thing coming over” her. Her next memory was waking up to Kelly altering his trousers while she felt “wet stuff” concerning her legs and on her thighs.
“Made me feel like a little something occurred to me,” Sonia explained to Assistant US Lawyer Maria Cruz Melendez at Kelly’s ongoing racketeering and sex abuse demo. “I know my human body … I was touched sexually.”
Sonia, who talked over the alleged abuse in the 2019 Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” explained to defense lawyers she did not connect with police or doctors soon after the incident since she was scared of the singer and didn’t think everyone would think her.
Sonia testified she signed two nondisclosure agreements at the studio without looking through them, and was threatened not to cross Kelly in advance of leaving. She never ever conducted the interview, the court docket listened to.
A 2nd witness named “Anna” told jurors Thursday that the singer would spank and punish her for violating his “rules” all through a sexual romantic relationship that ended in 2017. Anna explained Kelly would report the sanctions on his iPad.
Anna, who is in her mid-20s, also said Kelly compelled her to have sex with other females and a guy recognised as “Nephew.”
An accuser named Jane testified very last thirty day period that she was also compelled to have sex with “Nephew” through her connection with Kelly.
Robert Sylvester Kelly, 54, has pleaded not responsible to abusing and kidnapping ladies, ladies and boys for many years with the assist of his entourage. He is billed with nine counts of racketeering, and is accused of violating the Mann Act. If convicted, Kelly faces ten years in prison. The “Bump N’ Grind” singer faces identical prices in Illinois and Minnesota.
The courtroom has heard from a litany of witnesses who have alleged Kelly knowingly transmitted herpes, carried out oral intercourse on a teenage boy, and purchased a 16-calendar year-outdated target to lie about her age.
The court docket also heard from former associates of the singer that he groomed Aaliyah for sex when she was in her early teenagers, and bribed an formal so he could illegally marry the then 15-12 months-aged to stay away from costs in link with her supposed pregnancy.
With Publish wires