R. Kelly victim testifies 20 years later to sexual abuse, some videotaped, that allegedly began when she was just 14


Prosecutors showed tapes to which Jane testified showing Kelly engaging in sexual acts with her. Sometimes Jane started crying during her time on the stand.

“How old were you when the sexual acts depicted in these recordings occurred? asked Assistant US Attorney Jeannice Appenteng.

“14,” testified Jane, who is expected to take the helm on Friday.

She testified that Kelly began engaging in sex acts with her when she was 14 and had sex with her from age 15 “hundreds” of times before she turned 18.

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Jane is one of five minors who prosecutors say sexually abused Kelly in the late 1990s, making explicit videos with four of them. Kelly faces charges of producing and receiving child pornography, enticing minors to engage in criminal sexual activity, and obstruction. He pleaded not guilty.

His co-defendants include Derrel McDavid, a former business executive and accountant for the singer, who faces charges of child pornography and obstruction. Milton “June” Brown, Kelly’s former assistant, is facing one count of conspiracy to receive child pornography. McDavid and Brown pleaded not guilty.

A lawyer for Kelly asked jurors during opening statements on Wednesday to consider why Jane is coming forward now and altering her testimony from two decades ago.

“For the past 22 years, she has categorically denied that it was her in that video. Before there was a criminal investigation, she denied it. She repeatedly denied it to prosecutors, she denied it to social workers and police officers. under oath before a grand jury,” Jennifer Bonjean said Wednesday.

On the witness stand on Thursday, Jane said she was testifying under immunity because she lied under oath to a grand jury in 2002 about her sexual relationship with Kelly and whether she appeared in explicit video recordings with him.

“If I correct my mistakes by telling the truth, I won’t be prosecuted,” Jane said.

“Why did you lie?” Appenteng asked Jane another time.

“Because I was afraid of exposing Robert. Because I was afraid of what might happen to my parents,” she said. “I didn’t want that person to be me either.”

A family bond

As a young teenager, Jane traveled the world with a Christian hip-hop group whose members were her cousins. Prosecutors asked him not to name the group in order to protect his identity.

“I was living my dream,” Jane testified.

His aunt, known professionally as Sparkle, worked with R. Kelly and had a romantic relationship with him. It was Sparkle who introduced Jane to Kelly when Jane was 12 or 13 at a gospel concert for her church, she testified. A few weeks later, Kelly came to one of her band’s concerts.

“He was telling me how great a job I had done,” Jane said. “I was successful. I felt happy.”

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Shortly after they met, Jane said she started spending more time with Kelly and Sparkle. She watched Kelly and Sparkle record music and talked about basketball and music with Kelly. Jane testified that she was 13 when Sparkle suggested that Jane ask Kelly to play a bigger role in her life.

“She told me I should ask her to be my godfather.” Sparkle is expected to testify later in the trial.

Jane said Kelly “laughed” and agreed to be her godfather, and within weeks their relationship turned sexual. Kelly was talking to her on the phone and asking her, “What color panties are you wearing?” and “about my growing boobs” and that “I have to wear bras,” Jane said.

When Kelly became her godfather, Jane testified that her parents felt comfortable letting her spend the night or even the weekend at his house, without her parents or aunt present.

“They would pretty much drop me off and then leave,” Jane said.

Recordings of sex acts

Jane testified that she was 14 when Kelly’s sexualized comments became actions. She said Kelly started touching her breasts and vaginal area by touching herself one night while they were in her recording studio. The fondling, she testified, soon turned into oral sex and other sexual acts, and she lost her virginity to him when she was 15.

Jane spoke quietly as Appenteng asked her to describe an act shown in a video.

“Which part of your body did he urinate on?” Appenteng asked.

“My vagina,” Jane said quietly.

Bonjean and an attorney for McDavid have repeatedly objected to prosecutors admitting the tapes as evidence. They disputed the authenticity of the videos and the chain of custody through which the videos were transferred over the 20 years since they were released. Retired Chicago police detective Daniel Everett, who investigated one of the tapes in 2002, testified Thursday that he did not know where the original VHS tape containing multiple recordings was located.

“I don’t know where he is today,” Everett said.

Jane testified that after the recordings were made, they were sometimes kept in a gym bag or in a paneled room in Kelly’s old house which she referred to as the “log cabin” area. She occasionally saw Brown carrying the bag full of tapes, she testified.

Prosecutors did not play the recordings in court on Thursday, but warned jurors during opening statements that they would play parts of the “hard-to-watch” videos during the trial.

lie to the authorities

When the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services began investigating an allegation that Kelly had a sexual relationship with Jane in April 2000, when she was 15, Jane testified that she had denied the relationship. She also said she later denied to Chicago police investigators that she and Kelly had a sexual relationship.

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Jane testified Thursday that she denied having had sex with Kelly to her parents, but after reports began to surface in 2002 that there was a tape showing the couple engaging in sex acts, she stated that Kelly, Jane, and her parents had a meeting where Kelly admitted to them he was having a sexual relationship with their daughter.

Jane and her father received subpoenas to testify before a grand jury in 2002. Jane said that before appearing before the grand jury, she had a conversation with Kelly about “loyalty” and “denying our relationship and the sex tape”.

Jane testified that she lied to a grand jury in 2002 when she denied having sex and appearing in sex videos with the singer.

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