Fourteen years after a jury shockingly acquitted R. Kelly in a high-profile child pornography case, prosecutors will take a second shot at the disgraced Grammy winner.
The 55-year-old R&B singer is scheduled to appear in Chicago federal court on Monday to begin what is in many ways a repeat of his 2008 state trial, in which he recorded shocking video of himself killing a 14-year-old man -year-old sexually assaulted and urinated -year-old girl was prosecutors’ “Exhibit 1”.
This time, however, the victim is expected to testify.
Among the most serious charges facing R. Kelly is conspiracy to obstruct justice by tampering with the 2008 trial, including paying and threatening the victim to ensure she does not testify.
The fallen “I Believe I Can Fly” singer and ’90s pop star icon was sentenced to 30 years in prison by a federal judge in Brooklyn in June on charges of sexually abusing women and underage girls and boys in 2021 decades.
Testimony from the 2008 victim, now in her 30s and referred to only as “Minor 1” in court records, is expected to be crucial.
Kelly will also stand trial for allegedly enticing four others to have sex with him when they were underage. All are also expected to testify.
Further convictions could add decades to Kelly’s sentence in Brooklyn, which he is appealing.
Prosecutors at the Chicago federal trial plan to play the same VHS tape that was prominently displayed at the 2008 trial. At least three more videos will be recorded as evidence.
With mail wires.
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