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R Kelly accused of sexually abusing teenager after asking him what he was ready to do about music, court said |  Ents & Arts News

A man told a court he was only 17 when R Kelly promised him fame in exchange for sex.

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Kelly, famous for the 1996 hit I Believe I Can Fly, denies claims he abused multiple accusers during a decades-long racketeering plan.

As his trial entered its eighth day, his accuser – who testified under the pseudonym Louis – said the star asked him “what I was prepared to do about the music.”

Louis told federal court in Brooklyn, New York, that he replied, “I’ll carry your bags… whatever you need, I’ll be ready to do it.”

According to the testimony, Kelly had replied: “It is not that, it is not that”, before asking him if he has ever fantasized of having sex with men.

He said Kelly had “got down on her knees and started giving me oral sex”, adding: “I was not in it”.

Earlier, the man had told court that Kelly lured him to his Chicago-area home that day in 2007 with a bogus offer to help him with his music career.

He also said that on another occasion, Kelly snapped her fingers to summon a naked girl to perform a sex act on himself and Louis.

But Louis continued to see the R&B star because “I really wanted to be successful in the music business.”

Louis was testifying as part of a deal with prosecutors over his guilty plea in another case alleging he was part of a plan to bribe a woman not to testify against Kelly.

Kelly, 54, has not been charged in this connection.

The court also heard women claim to have been treated and sexually assaulted by Kelly, including one who said she was sexually assaulted at the age of 17 after a performance in Miami in 1994.

She said the singer took her and a friend to her dressing room after the show and forced her to have unprotected sex.

She said she was “completely in shock”, adding: “I have basically gone empty.”

Kelly’s attorneys have described her accusers as lying fans, and defense attorney Deveraux Cannick asked the female witness why she waited more than two decades to tell police about the alleged crime.

“Because I didn’t want to feel more shame and trauma,” she replied.

The trial continues.