R Kelly trial: Rape, beatings, kidnapping, abuse, and abortion
R Kelly’s sex trafficking trial is underway and has been full of explosive and extremely disturbing testimony.
Taking the witness stand on Monday (Aug. 23, 2021) was Jane Doe #5, who was involved with the R&B hitmaker for five years. She first met Kelly in 2015 when she was 17 years old, attending one of his shows in Orlando with her parents.
A member of his entourage gave her a wristband so she could watch the show from the pit and have access to the backstage meet and greet. “[He sang] a lot of his songs to me and showed me a lot of attention,” she testified.
Before she left, she said someone from his entourage gave her a piece of paper that read “Rob” and had a cell phone number on it and told her not to tell anyone about it.
The first sign of trouble came when Kelly offered her an audition but said he needed to ejaculate before it would happen, she said. They were soon regularly having sex, with Kelly nearly always videotaping the encounters, she said.
Jane Doe claimed when she first had sex with Kelly, he didn’t use protection or disclose his sexually transmitted disease.
Shortly afterward, she started living with the singer at his home in Atlanta, Georgia, where he demanded she get permission from him or his assistant before leaving a room and made her urinate in a cup. Jane Doe testified she and Kelly had sex almost every day during the summer of 2015, and he videoed their encounters.
The witness told jurors the horrors didn’t end there. As a punishment, Kelly once forced her to rub feces on her face and videotape it, she said. She was also coerced into getting an abortion in 2017 after Kelly said he wasn’t ready to have a child with her, she added.
One time, he flew into a rage because she had texted a friend about him, she said. He grabbed a size 12 sneaker from his closet and assaulted her with it, she said.
“He hit me all over,” she said. “I was running from him and fighting back,” but at 4-foot-11 and 98 pounds, she said she was no match for him.
Her testimony follows several days of similar claims from other women.
Kelly was arrested over two years ago and has pleaded not guilty to the sex trafficking charges. If found guilty on all counts, he faces 10 years to life in prison.