Closing Arguments for R. Kelly’s Fixing Charge Lawsuit – NBC Chicago

Closing arguments are scheduled for Monday for R. Kelly and two co-defendants in the R&B singer’s trial on federal charges of trial rigging, child pornography and incitement to sex with minors, with deliberations from the jury to follow.

Minutes before the defense was due to rest on Friday night, Kelly’s co-defendant and ex-business manager Derrell McDavid ended a three-day stint on the stand. He testified for nearly two days that he believed Kelly when he denied abusing minors – then said he began to have doubts about Kelly’s credibility during the trial which began last month .

Kelly and McDavid are accused of rigging Kelly’s 2008 child pornography trial – in which Kelly was acquitted – by threatening witnesses and concealing video evidence. Both also face child pornography charges. A third co-defendant, Kelly’s associate Milton Brown, is accused of receiving child pornography.

Prosecutors normally have the ability to call witnesses to refute defense arguments. But when they told Judge Harry Leinenweber they needed time to prepare, he said there would be no rebuttal and the case would go straight to oral argument on Monday morning.

McDavid was the only one of the three defendants to testify on his own behalf.

Kelly, 55, was previously sentenced to 30 years in prison in June after a separate federal trial in New York.

Known for his hit ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ and sex-infused songs such as ‘Bump n’ Grind’, Kelly sold millions of albums even after allegations of sexual misconduct began circulating in the media. 1990s. Widespread outrage emerged after the #MeToo reckoning and the 2019 docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly.”

During Kelly’s month-long trial in 2008, state prosecutors played a 30-minute sexually explicit video dozens of times on large screens throughout the courtroom. Prosecutors said it showed Kelly abusing a 14-year-old girl, “Jane.”

The ongoing trial in Kelly’s hometown is, in a way, a rerun of the 2008 trial. The unique video was central to that trial and is also in evidence in the current trial.

Jane, then an adult, did not testify in that 2008 trial, which jurors cited as the reason they could not convict Kelly. She testified at the current trial that she was the person in this video. She also said Kelly sexually assaulted her hundreds of times starting when she was 14.


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