The jurors, who took feverish notes during opening statements, sat motionless while the video played. Kelly arrives at the Cook County building in Chicago, Ill. In the courtroom, the lights were dimmed and blinds drawn across windows. There were several other TVs in the room, including one facing the crowded public gallery. A grim, intent Kelly watched the whole video on a small monitor placed on the defense table, only occasionally averting his eyes. At times, the year-old rocked in his chair or rested his chin in his hand.
The roughly minute homemade video shows a man having sex with a young female, who is naked for most of the recording - except for a necklace with a cross dangling from it. At the start of the videotape, the man hands the female money and she mouths the words, "Thank you. The man speaks to the female in a hushed, monotone voice, and she calls him "Daddy. The female dances - the man out of view.
Back in view, he has sex with her. The man walks up to the camera to adjust it a few times, but his face is often obscured. The singer, centre, strides into the court building before his trial yesterday Prosecutors say the man in the video is Kelly, and that the female is a girl who was as young as 13 years old when the tape was made between Jan. The singer, who has pleaded not guilty, faces up to 15 years if convicted.
During opening statements in the long-delayed trial, Cook County prosecutor Shauna Boliker warned jurors they would have to watch shocking video and that "the case will unfold before you frame by disgusting frame.
Vile, disturbing and disgusting sex acts, actions that were choreographed, produced and starred in by Robert Kelly. R Kelly performs in Las Vegas. He has sold tens of millions of records Minutes after Boliker concluded, defense attorney Sam Adam Jr. He also called the video's origins into question and said the female who authorities allege is depicted on the tape is not that person at all. Kelly to this tape?
The trial has been delayed repeatedly since the tape was mailed to the Chicago Sun-Times in The newspaper turned it over to authorities, and Kelly was indicted later that year. Boliker alleged the singer took advantage of the inherent trust children place in adults, and the female on the tape performed acts that Kelly "commanded" her to perform.
Boliker told jurors the state will not call the alleged victim to the stand, but she did not explain why. Adam addressed that issue forcefully as he faced jurors during his opening statement, asking them why prosecutors wouldn't call the female as a witness.
It's not her on that tape. Spice girls songs could be heard on the tape played for the jury Adam also tried to raise questions about the tape itself, saying no one knows where it originated before it showed up at the Sun-Times. The videotape in evidence, he said, is "at best a copy of a copy of a copy. Adam asked jurors to look for a mole on the man's back while watching the tape.
The defense displayed a photo of Kelly's back with a mole smaller than the size of a dime. Adam said jurors wouldn't find the mole on the back of the man in the videotape. Kelly, with an entourage in tow, arrived at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse about 90 minutes before opening statements were to begin.
He wore a navy pinstriped suit and blue and orange striped tie, and his hair was in corn rows. When he stepped into the hall during a short recess Tuesday, several teenage girls shrieked in delight at the sight of the award-winning singer. Also on Tuesday, jurors heard from retired Chicago police investigator Dan Everett, who said he and his partner were sent to the Sun-Times building in February after a reporter received a VHS videotape the newspaper wanted to turn over to police.
Everett told jurors that he knew the female depicted in it was an underage girl because he had interviewed her as part of an earlier investigation. At that point, Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan called a sidebar outside the jury's presence and threatened to declare a mistrial because Everett had been instructed not to use the word "investigation.
Gaughan scolded Everett, saying he'd made an egregious mistake that violated the judge's court order and said he would declare a mistrial if the word was used again in reference to the earlier interview. Everett told the jury when it returned that he had interviewed the young female on Dec.
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