****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, wrapping up her testimony in opposition to the disgraced singer earlier than jurors had been proven movies that prosecutors say present Kelly sexually abusing her when she was a toddler.
Before jurors noticed these movies, Kelly’s protection legal professional sought to solid doubt on the testimony from the accuser recognized solely as “Jane,” noting their relationship did not finish when she was a teen.
Earlier within the trial we heard about how the sexual abuse, tied to the costs on this case, began when Jane, now 37, simply 14 years previous. Jane has mentioned Kelly abused her a whole lot of occasions from when she was 14 till she turned 18.
During her cross-examination, Kelly’s lead protection legal professional, Jennifer Bonjean, centered on how Jane’s relationship with Kelly continued by way of her maturity.
Jane is the pivotal witness on this case, with the federal fees in opposition to Kelly tied to a relationship along with her that she says began when she was 12 or 13, turning sexual by 14, together with threesomes with underage ladies and grownup ladies.
Jane mentioned a lot of these intercourse acts had been recorded by Kelly, and three such movies are a part of the proof on this trial and her testimony specifically.
Bonjean questioned Jane repeatedly about her relationship with Kelly, and documented contact between all of them the way in which as much as January of 2019.
Jane confirmed she lived with Kelly and his spouse in her early 20s, and was concerned in a sexual relationship with the couple. She additionally testified concerning the monetary assist she obtained from Kelly after ending issues and transferring out at age 26, recalling “intimate times together” after the breakup
Bonjean additionally questioned Jane about pleasant textual content message exchanges between her and Kelly from 2018 and 2019; together with texts Jane despatched earlier than and after the docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly” was launched in January 2019.
Asked why, in any case these years, and a continued relationship into her maturity, Jane got here ahead and testified in opposition to Kelly now, Jane mentioned, “I no longer wanted to carry his lies.”
Until the trial, Jane and her household have publicly denied she was abused, and Jane has testified she lied to a Cook County grand jury earlier than the 2008 youngster pornography trial the place Kelly was acquitted.
Jane and each of her dad and mom had been granted immunity on this trial, however her father has since handed away.
When pushed by Kelly’s attorneys on the potential for restitution paid to her, ought to Kelly be convicted, Jane mentioned restitution did not weigh into her determination to testify, insisting she has not determined whether or not to hunt restitution from Kelly.
After Jane accomplished her testimony, prosecutors started exhibiting jurors 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 fees. Two associates, former enterprise supervisor Derrel McDavid and former assistant Milton Brown, are being tried alongside him. The trial is predicted to final 4 weeks.