****WARNING: This report consists of disturbing and graphic particulars of allegations of sexual abuse****
CHICAGO (CBS) — The star witness in R. Kelly’s federal trial in Chicago returned to the witness stand on Friday, after telling a jury for the primary time that the singer started sexually abusing her when she was solely 14, and incessantly recorded their intercourse acts.
Now 37, she has been recognized in court docket solely as “Jane,” and had beforehand denied Kelly abused her, and did not testify at his 2008 trial in Cook County on youngster pornography prices.
Back then, she and her household publicly denied the sexual abuse and denied it was her within the intercourse tape with Kelly. She was 14 when the sexual relationship began.
But federal prosecutors have stated “Jane” and her household had been paid off to lie on the report, threatened by the singer and his group.
For the primary time on Thursday, “Jane,” now 37, admitted publicly that she was the woman on videotape having intercourse with Kelly, in a recording that was on the heart of Kelly’s 2008 youngster pornography trial, at which he was acquitted.
“Jane” stated she stated she first met Kelly at age 12 or 13, throughout a gospel live performance at her church. She testified her Aunt later introduced her to Kelly’s recording studio along with her and inspired her to “sit on his lap,” “rub his head,” and “ask him to be her godfather.” She stated that is when the whole lot modified.
Within weeks their relationship grew to become sexual, and over the subsequent few years, they’d have intercourse an “uncountable” variety of occasions, tons of of occasions, by the point she turned 18. She testified about three movies depicting the 2 having intercourse, together with group intercourse acts with underage buddies she stated Kelly inspired her to carry round.
“Jane” will return to the stand Friday morning to face cross-examination from Kelly’s protection lawyer, and afterward jurors are anticipated to view three movies prosecutors say present Kelly abusing her.
Kelly is on trial on a 13-count indictment, together with youngster pornography and obstruction of justice prices. Two associates, former enterprise supervisor Derrel McDavid and former assistant Milton Brown, are being tried alongside him.