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R Kelly Accuser Says Singer Required Her To Dress As A Girl Scout During Sex | R Kelly


A key accuser in R. Kelly’s sex trafficking trial returned to the witness stand Thursday, saying she often videotaped her sexual encounters and required her to dress like a Girl Scout during a relationship that began when she was younger.

Jerhonda Pace resumed her testimony in Brooklyn federal court a day after telling the jury that she was a 16-year-old virgin and a member of Kelly’s fan club when he invited her to his mansion in 2010.

While he was there, he said, he was told to follow “Rob’s rules,” edicts that restricted how he could dress, who he could talk to, and when he could use the bathroom.

She said Kelly, whose birth name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, sometimes demanded that she wear pigtails and “dress like a Girl Scout” during sexual encounters Kelly often videotaped.

On questioning, defense attorney Deveraux Cannick tried to show that Pace mistook the dates for when he interacted with Kelly and that she initially misled him by lying about herself.

“You were actually stalking him, right?” Cannick asked.

“That’s not right,” she replied.

His questioning fits into an issue that defense attorneys have repeatedly promoted early in the trial, that Kelly was the victim of groupies harassing him at shows and afterward, only to turn against him years later when public sentiment shifted against him. they allege.

To bolster their allegations against Kelly, prosecutors showed jurors screenshots of Pace’s phone showing various communications with Kelly in January 2010, including a text message from him that read, “Please call.”

There was also a picture of her with “Rob” tattooed on her chest. She said that since then she had “covered him with a black heart.”

Pace, the trial’s first witness, was among the multiple accusers, mostly referred to in court as “Jane Does,” who is expected to testify in a trial scheduled for several weeks. Other possible witnesses include cooperating former associates who have never spoken publicly about their experiences with Kelly before.

The Associated Press does not name alleged victims of sexual abuse without their consent unless they have shared their identities publicly. Pace appeared in a documentary and participated in media interviews.

Kelly, 54, has denied allegations that he preyed on Pace and other victims during a 30-year career highlighted by his smash hit I Believe I Can Fly, a 1996 song that became an inspirational hymn played at school graduations, weddings, announcements, and other venues. .

The openings and testimony came more than a decade after Kelly was acquitted in a 2008 child abuse imagery case in Chicago. The clemency allowed his music career to continue until the #MeToo era caught up with him, encouraging the alleged victims to come forward.

The women’s stories got wide exposure with the Lifetime documentary Surviving R Kelly. The series explored how an entourage of supporters protected Kelly and silenced his victims for decades, foreshadowing the federal racketeering conspiracy case that landed Kelly in jail in 2019.

The trial takes place before an anonymous jury of seven men and five women.
The New York case is just one part of the legal danger the singer faces. He also pleaded not guilty to sex-related charges in Illinois and Minnesota.

Information and support for anyone affected by problems of rape or sexual abuse is available from the following organizations. In the USA, Rainn offers support at 800-656-4673. In the United Kingdom, Rape crisis offers support on 0808 802 9999. In Australia, support is available at 1800 Respect (1800 737 732). Other international helplines can be found at ibiblio.org/rcip/internl.html


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