Former backup performer says she saw R. Kelly sexually assault Aaliyah when late singer was 13 or 14
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A former R. Kelly interpreter testified in court that she saw him sexually assault Aaliyah in 1993, a year before their illegal marriage.
As reported by the New York Times, the woman’s testimony, made as Angela, came on the 15th day (September 13) of Kelly’s ongoing trial for racketeering, bribery and violation of the Mann Act, which criminalizes the transportation of any woman or girl across state borders for “immorality” purposes, such as illegal sexual activity.
Kelly has always denied all of the allegations against him and has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.
In her testimony, Angela claimed to have seen Kelly abuse Aaliyah – who would have been 13 or 14 at the time – while the disgraced artist was on tour.
Angela, who had played with Kelly, went to visit her on her bus. When she opened the door, she said that Aaliyah was allegedly sitting in a chair and Kelly was kneeling, appearing to be doing a sexual act to her.
Angela went on to say that she closed the door and discussed what she allegedly witnessed with Kelly. She also claimed that Kelly had sex with her while she was still a high school student, between the ages of 14 and 15, and that Kelly would pressure her and other backup performers to have sex.
Her testimony also claimed that Kelly would require sex as part of the “dues payment,” as Angela once recounted when she and other performers left a hotel to go to a convenience store, despite Kelly’s instructions. not to leave.
âRobert told all of us that we had to turn off,â she said. “It was homework time.”
September 13 also saw another testimony from a male accuser, the second to lay charges against Kelly. The accuser, named Alex, said Kelly started making advances on him when he was 20.
When Kelly allegedly had sex with Alex, he said he would call Alex “nephew” and demand to be called “daddy”. In one case, Alex alleged that Kelly asked him to engage in sexual activity with women he would record.
âHe pretty much told us to go, but we didn’t know what to do because he was still in the room,â Alex said, describing the women involved as âzombiesâ.
The testimony comes days after a woman named Sonja alleged in court that Kelly had kept her locked up at his home for days before raping her. Earlier this month, the minister who officiated the illegal union between Kelly and Aaliyah also testified.
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