During a closing statement Wednesday, Federal Prosecutor Elizabeth Gades took the issue from home that R. Kelly used her reputation to take advantage of underage girls and boys as well as young women, identifying the R&B singer as a predator.
In a New York trial beginning Aug. 18, Kelly faces a federal count of human trafficking, rape, child pornography, kidnapping and forced labor. The former music star has denied all allegations against him and pleaded not guilty. During the trial, the prosecution sought to prove that not only was Kelly a hunter, but his team had long enabled his behavior, according to the New York Times.
In his closing remarks, Gades addressed the judges, saying they have the opportunity to bring to justice those who have been affected by Kelly’s many years of sexual misconduct.
“For many years, what happened in the criminal world has remained in the criminal world,” Gades said, according to the Times. “But not anymore.”
During the five-week trial, the prosecution brought nine witnesses, including nine women and two men, to report Kelly’s sexual, physical and mental abuse, and 34 witnesses, including Kelly’s former employee. According to the Times, Kelly will not take the position.
According to the Associated Press, defendants testified that Kelly alleged that he locked a radio intern in a room and that he sexually harassed her, videotaped a woman wiping feces from her face as punishment for disobeying her rules, and knowingly gave herpes to multiple people. Inform them about their STD status.
In one of the most explosive moments during the testimony, a witness alleged that they saw Kelly sexually abuse the late R&B star Alia in 1993, when she was only 13 or 14 years old. That same witness further testified that Kelly began sexually abusing her when she was 15 years old. Part of the prosecution’s evidence was a fake marriage license that they accused of marrying Kelly and his team when Kelly believed she had made him pregnant, the AP reported. The fake license claims that Ali was 18, when in fact he was only 15. The prosecution alleged that Kelly wanted to marry Sham so she could have an abortion for Alia, according to the Times.
“We all know what the accused was thinking,” Gades said, according to the Times. “No kid, no prison.”
According to the Times, Gades ‘concluding statement lasted more than three hours, and he also described in detail Kelly’s “violent temper” and her tendency to use the promise of fame to take advantage of others’ sexuality. According to the Times, Gades said Kelly would prevent her complainants from speaking further by threatening her team.
According to the Times, Gades said, “He used lies, manipulation, threats and physical abuse to influence his victims.
According to the Times, Gades continued, “Having a shepherd doesn’t make you less responsible for your dirty work.” “After marrying Alia, the sexual abuse of the accused’s minors has not changed. In fact, it didn’t avoid a beat. ”
The defense produced four witnesses, including a former employee, an audio engineer and an accountant, who later testified about the structure of Kelly’s company, RSK, as evidenced by the example of an octopus and its tobacco.
Kelly’s defense team will give their final argument on Thursday, and the Times reported that they are expected to dismiss allegations of fraud as well as focus on questioning the credibility of the plaintiffs.
The court noted in a TV trial report that the jury could begin deliberations on the case as early as Thursday.
And. This is the latest in a string of court procedures conducted by the hit documentary. On September 17, Robert Durst, New York’s real estate heir and subject to HBO’s 2015 documentary “The Xenox”, was convicted of murdering his friend Susan Berman 20 years ago. On Sept. 2, Britney Spears faced a California judge over her 13-year-long conservatism, the legitimacy of which was explicitly questioned in the New York Times documentary “Framing Britney Spears.” Lifetime Series “Surviving R.”