Prosecutors in R Kelly’s sex-trafficking trial will to play recordings ‘where he threatened victims’
You hear R. Kelly tell a woman that he will ‘f*** her up’ if she ‘lies'[s]’ to him’ and another that he will come to her home state to make ‘something with’ happen [her]’ if she ever ‘takes from’ [him] again” on tapes approved for courtroom use on Tuesday.
A judge approved prosecutors’ requests to play the tapes, which they say demonstrate his pattern of violent threat to his victims, before the New York City jury in the R&B singer’s trial that took place on Aug. 18. began.
Kelly’s defense team could not be immediately reached for comment.
Kelly, 54, has repeatedly denied charges that he ran a criminal enterprise that sexually exploited women, girls and even boys over a 30-year career. His lawyers have portrayed his accusers as groupies who lie about their relationship with him.
R. Kelly can be heard on the recording telling a woman he will ‘f*** her up’ if she ‘lies'[s]’ to him’ and another that he will come to her home state to make ‘something with’ happen [her]’ if she ever ‘takes from’ [him] again,” court documents said. Here is Kelly sitting on September 14 between his lawyers Nicole Blank Becker and Thomas Farinella
One of the 2008 tapes features an enraged Kelly accusing an unknown woman of lying to him before attacking her, according to a court document filed Tuesday in federal court in Brooklyn. Prepared on September 14, this courtroom sketch shows the twin sister of Kelly’s former assistant Suzette Mayweather being questioned by Kelly’s attorney.
Kelly, 54, has repeatedly denied charges that he ran a criminal enterprise that sexually exploited women, girls and even boys over a 30-year career.
One of the 2008 tapes features an enraged Kelly accusing an unknown woman of lying to him before attacking her, according to a court document filed Tuesday in federal court in Brooklyn.
“If you lie to me, I’m going to make fun of you,” Kelly says.
The star singer is captured on another recording berating a second Florida woman identified as a “Jane Doe” whom he accused of stealing a Rolex watch from him, the filing says.
“You better never… take anything from me or I’ll be in Florida and something will happen to you,” he says. “Do you understand what I’m telling you?”
Prosecutors had planned to call the Florida woman as a witness, but decided against it after she “started having panic attacks and appeared to be having an emotional breakdown” as she listened to the tape in preparation for her testimony, according to the report. the submission.
The defendant bragged about having “cameras everywhere” in his Chicago studio and other locations he used to monitor his victims, it adds.
A judge approved the prosecutors’ requests to play the tapes, which they say demonstrate his pattern of violent threat to his victims on Sept. 14. This courtroom sketch shows Nicholas Williams testifying on that day
The request was granted a day after the 10th witness was called at the trial, introduced in Brooklyn Federal Court as “Angela,” claimed she once entered Kelly having oral sex on Aaliyah Haughton when the singer was just 12 or 13 years old around 1993.
The witness told the jury she was only 14 or 15 when she first had sex with Kelly
“He asked me to climb on him,” Angela said yesterday, adding that there were three other young women in various states of undressing in the room with them. ‘I stood still for a moment. I was a little shocked.’
She claimed Kelly asked her to “go over and ride him.” She said she did as she was told after putting a condom on Kelly. According to Vulture, the singer would also have stroked the other young women during the meeting.
Angela said she continued to see Kelly every day for the next several years. She later dropped out of high school and started working for him as a backing dancer.
According to the woman, she and other dancers were expected to have sex with Kelly, the New York Daily News reported.
“He told us we had to pay our dues. It was a requirement to be around,” she said.
The witness also related how she and other women were once on Kelly’s tour bus and decided to prank him by throwing water on him.
Angela said she went to the back of the bus and opened a bedroom door slightly, revealing “Robert and Aaliyah in a sexual situation.”
According to the testimony, Kelly knelt in front of the teenage singer and his head was between her legs.
Angela said she then abruptly closed the door and never spoke to Kelly about what she allegedly saw.
Aaliyah was about 13 years old at the time of the alleged encounter. Two years later, Kelly, then 27, illegally married the young singer, according to previous testimonies. She died in a plane crash in 2001 when she was 22 years old.
‘Angles’ said she saw Kelly do oral sex on Aaliyah when she was just 13 years old aboard a tour bus in the early ’90s
R. Kelly is pictured listening to Alysiette Mayweather, twin brother of his former assistant Suzette Mayweather, on Sept. 14
Earlier on Monday, the jury heard from Kelly’s former long-time assistant, Diana Copeland, who began testifying on Friday.
Copeland, who worked as an executive assistant for Kelly for 14 years, claimed that when he summoned her to his Trump Tower apartment in Chicago in 2019, after she had already resigned, one of the hip-hop star’s girlfriends, Jane, told her to change her mind. a robe to prove she was not wearing a thread.
“Jane gave me a bathrobe to put on. She asked me if I was wired,” Copeland told the Brooklyn Federal Court jury. “I was shocked and said no.”
Copeland said she removed the sweatshirt she was wearing and pulled the cloak over her tank top.
Diana Copeland, Kelly’s former assistant, testified that one of his girlfriends changed her into a dressing gown during a 2019 rally at Trump Tower so Kelly could see she wasn’t wearing a cord.
She said Kelly, 54, faced allegations of sexual abuse, asking her to write a “truthful” letter, stating that he has never abused anyone verbally, physically or mentally.
Copeland said in court that she should have written instead that she had never seen him commit abuse.
The ex-assistant said Kelly had made her write a false confession years earlier, claiming she had stolen money from him.
During a cross-examination, Copeland denied some of the claims Kelly’s alleged victims had made during the trial, stressing that the women were not required to ask permission to use the bathroom, were not denied food or locked in rooms for days.
However, in her testimony on Friday, Copeland claimed that a few years before Kelly’s arrest in 2019, the singer asked her why she let a friend “escape” from his apartment.
Copeland painted a portrait of Kelly as a controlling man who wouldn’t let his girlfriends drive an Uber that was being driven by a man.
The former assistant said he would have to continue ordering ride shares until a female driver arrived.
In an effort to limit his girlfriends’ interactions with other men, Copeland testified that he instructed them to turn around in public places, such as shops and elevators, so as not to meet a man’s gaze.
Copeland told how she once accidentally left Kelly’s girlfriend in an elevator because the woman turned to the back wall when a man came in, and she didn’t see Copeland leave.
The longtime former assistant said she was able to move around his house relatively freely, but was expected to knock on walls “to make sure I announce my presence.”
She noted that Kelly expected everyone in his circle to knock on doors before entering: a rule set by the singer’s ex-wife.
Copeland said that despite numerous arguments that led her to quit several times as Kelly’s assistant, she repeatedly returned to work for him because she felt “he didn’t have reliable employees.”
Copeland claimed the award-winning singer didn’t manage his bank account, didn’t know his own Social Security number, and struggled with reading and writing.
Copeland was the fifth former employee of Kelly’s to testify against him since the high-profile trial began on August 18.