R Kelly’s former backup dancer took the stand on Monday during his federal racketeering case, telling the court that the singer started having sex with her when she was 14 or 15 years old.
Witness ‘Jane Doe’, who was presented as ‘Angela’ in Brooklyn Federal Court, also claimed that she once walked into Kelly while performing oral sex on Aaliyah Haughton when the singer was only 12 or 13 years old.
Kelly once allegedly paid his top assistant’s salary to book appointments for two of his girlfriends at a nail salon that employed a man, and he expected the women in his job to avert their eyes in front of men.
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.
Witness “Angela,” a backup dancer for R. Kelly, testifies Monday during Kelly’s sexual assault trial in Brooklyn federal court. The witness said she saw the singer perform oral sex on teenager Aaliyah
R. Kelly sits with his attorneys Nicole Blank Becker and Thomas Farinella on the 15th day of his racketeering case in Brooklyn Federal District Court
Angela, the tenth prosecutor to testify against Kelly in the past three weeks, said she was 14 or 15 years old in the early 1990s and worked for Kelly as a backup dancer when the singer first appeared.
According to the woman, her and other dancers were expected to have sex with Kelly, the reported New York Daily News.
“He told us we had to pay our dues. It was a requirement to be around,” she said.
The witness also told how she and other women were once on Kelly’s tour bus and decided to play a prank on him.
Angela said she went to the back of the bus and opened a room 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 closed the door abruptly.
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.
Earlier on Monday, the jury heard testimony 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.
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.
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.
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 go to the bathroom, refused food, or locked up 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.
Copeland said Kelly once made her write a false confession saying she stole money from him
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.