R. Kelly demanded that one particular of his accusers “sing like Aaliyah” — the late singer he famously married when she was just 15, a witness testified at the disgraced pop star’s federal intercourse trafficking trial Wednesday.
Testifying on the 20th anniversary of Aaliyah’s aircraft crash loss of life, Malak Benabdallah reported that her pal and Kelly accuser — determined as Jane Doe 5 in courtroom — after texted her that he wanted her to sing like his underaged ex.
“He has me singing and s–t,” Beabdallah recalled Doe’s textual content in 2015 as saying. “Seductive songs kind of like Aaliyah and s–t.”
The testimony comes through the next week of Kelly’s demo on nine counts of racketeering and violations of the federal Mann Act for allegedly warehousing and abusing underage ladies for several years.
Doe, who claimed Kelly, 54, very first molested her when she was 17, put in three days on the witness stand this 7 days and stated the “I Think I Can Fly” crooner told her he married Aaliyah in 1994 simply because she was pregnant and desired a wife or husband to get an abortion.
Her dad and mom wouldn’t consent, she claimed he explained to her.
Aaliyah, popular for hits like “Are You That Any individual?”, died on Aug. 25, 2001 in a plane crash in the Bahamas.
On Thursday, Kelly pal Keith Williams also testified that he located the singer a minister to conduct the illicit ceremony.
“He advised me he desired to marry Aaliyah,” Williams explained, introducing that Kelly questioned him, “Do you know a minister?”
Doe also testified that Kelly had her and other women he kept for sexual intercourse generate “collateral” letters — intended to implicate them and distinct him if he were being at any time billed and brought to trial.
In one letter, Doe reported Kelly made her produce him a letter declaring, “if you really do not convey me back again that d–k I’m heading to explain to everyone you had been raping me.”
She claimed the fallen singer informed her a attorney in a prior case had suggested him to get the letters from his “girlfriends” to give him go over if he ended up accused of molestation.