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R. Kelly is “a sexual predator,” Feds say in closing arguments in court

Disgraced R&B star R. Kelly is nothing more than “a sex offender” who used his fame to exploit underage girls, federal prosecutors argued Monday at the singer’s child pornography trial.

During closing arguments in Chicago’s month-long fallen idol trial, prosecutors cited graphic videos of Kelly abusing his 14-year-old goddaughter – who had previously made damning statements against him under the name “Jane”.

“This child, who had never had a sexual experience before in her life, was forced to lie on this floor while the man sitting right there urinated on her,” Assistant US Attorney Elizabeth Pozolo told jurors. “This humiliating act is captured forever in this video. This abuse will be remembered forever.

“We’re here today because those tapes that they’ve had hidden for 20 years are no longer their secret,” Pozolo said. “You’ve seen the tapes. You saw what Kelly did to Jane.”

Kelly, 55, and his former executive, Derrell McDavid, are facing conspiracy charges for allegedly subverting state proceedings against Kelly in a 2008 trial that ended in the pop star’s acquittal, the Chicago Tribune reported. They are also charged with child pornography.

Prosecutors named R. Kelly a "sexual predator" during closing arguments in the singer's child pornography trial in Chicago.
Prosecutors called R. Kelly a “sexual predator” during closing arguments in the singer’s child pornography trial in Chicago.
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The “I Believe I Can Fly” singer and McDavid threatened women and hid video evidence at the earlier trial to cover up the fact that “R. Kelly … the R&B superstar … is actually a sexual predator,” Pozolo said.

The two struggled to find tapes that would have exposed Kelly as a sexual abuser, and the Grammy winner was willing to pay six- and seven-figure payments to get her back, prosecutors said.

“The secret that would ruin Kelly forever if it got out,” she told the jury. “So yeah, that secret was worth $1 million.”

Prosecutors cited graphic videos of Kelly allegedly abusing his 14-year-old goddaughter.
Prosecutors cited graphic videos of Kelly allegedly abusing his 14-year-old goddaughter.
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A court drawing by Kelly's goddaughter "jane" will testify against him in the trial on August 19, 2022.
A court drawing of Kelly’s goddaughter “Jane” testifying against him at the August 19, 2022 trial.
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The “Ignition” singer is already serving a 30-year sentence after being convicted in Brooklyn in June of decades of sexually abusing underage girls and boys.

The trial in Chicago, Kelly’s hometown, ended on Friday.

With postal wires

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