A man said at R. Kelly’s trial on Monday that the singer sexually assaulted him when he was 17.
He said Kelly invited him to a music studio, but instead brought him home and gave him a blowjob.
Kelly sexually assaulted the man several times afterwards, he said.
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The first man to publicly accuse R. Kelly of sexual misconduct testified at the singer’s federal sex crimes trial on Monday, claiming Kelly repeatedly sexually assaulted him when he was a 17-year-old high school student.
Testifying under the pseudonym “Louis,” the man said he met Kelly in 2006 while working a night shift at a McDonald’s drive-thru in suburban Chicago.
Kelly, who was 39 at the time, asked for Louis’ manager’s phone number, and gave Louis a slip of paper with his own phone number to thank him.
Louis, an aspiring R&B musician himself, texted Kelly – real name Robert Sylvester Kelly – and was eventually invited to one of the singer’s music studios to play music he had been playing on. work.
But Louis didn’t get very far.
“He let the song play for only five seconds and he said he didn’t like it,” Louis said.
Louis left the studio discouraged that “the king of R&B” was not interested in his music. But he continued to text Kelly and later saw her at a gym around the corner from McDonald’s where he worked in Markham, Illinois. Quite quickly, he was regularly invited to Kelly’s house for parties and to play basketball with the singer.
“We are brothers now”
Kelly eventually invited Louis to a studio at his home in Olympia Fields, another Chicago suburb. But when Louis got there, they met in a detached garage where Kelly had exercise equipment and a boxing ring, rather than one of the singer’s studios in the main building.
“He asked me what I was prepared to do with the music,” Louis said at the helm.
Louis explained how he would help Kelly, such as carrying his bags. But Kelly didn’t seem receptive.
“He asked me if I had any fantasies,” Louis said, then quoted Kelly: “‘You never had fantasies about men?'”
“I said no,” Louis continued. “And then he got down on his knees and started giving me oral sex. He closed my pants and started doing it.”
Brooklyn federal prosecutors charged Kelly with numerous sex crimes, saying he ordered people to produce women for sex and then abused them. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges against him.
The indictments identify two men who prosecutors say sexually abused Kelly, in addition to more than a dozen women. Four of these women have testified in Kelly’s trial so far, and all have said they too had aspirations in the entertainment industry when they met Kelly.
On this first occasion, Kelly performed oral sex, Louis testified that he told the singer to stop. After Kelly stepped down, he swore Louis to keep it a secret.
“Don’t tell anyone,” Kelly said, according to Louis. “We are brothers now.”
Louis said he continued to see Kelly, still hoping to be mentored for his music career. He said Kelly sexually assaulted him on several occasions, recording these encounters on an iPad and camcorders and asking him to call him “daddy.”
Other women who have already testified at Kelly’s trial also said Kelly recorded their sex and demanded that they call him “daddy.”
Louis said that after additional encounters Kelly’s attitude towards him changed.
“As our relationship grew stronger, he said I was like a brother,” Louis said. “I was his ‘little brother'”.
Louis tried to bribe another R. Kelly accuser not to testify
Louis said he last saw Kelly in person in the late 2010s, in the hallway outside the singer’s apartment in Chicago’s Trump Tower. Kelly called him there to talk, saying he needed “protection.”
In the hallway, Kelly told Louis to write a letter saying that someone was planning to pay him to say he was in a same-sex relationship with Kelly. Louis testified that the contents of the letter were not true.
“He gave me the notepad and I wrote the letter,” Louis said at the booth. “He told me verbatim what to say.”
Other witnesses also said Kelly forced them to write fake letters distorting their relationship with the singer, sometimes even mistakenly claiming that they stole him.
Louis appeared uncomfortable testifying. He spoke quietly and hesitantly, using few words to answer questions posed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Geddes and Kelly’s attorney Deveraux Cannick.
In August 2020, prosecutors accused Louis of trying to bribe another witness not to testify against Kelly. Louis pleaded guilty to corruption in February 2021 and, facing a 15-year prison sentence, agreed to testify at the Brooklyn trial as part of a cooperation deal with prosecutors.
In phone records included in the original prosecution documents, Louis suggested Kelly would pay the bribe. But at the stand, he testified that Kelly – in prison at the time – was not involved in the scheme and that he invented it on his own.
During Louis’ cross-examination, Cannick suggested that he was being pressured to tell a story that slandered Kelly so that she would abide by the terms of his cooperation agreement.
However, Cannick struggled to find factual discrepancies in Louis’ story. He spent several minutes asking Louis why he had testified that Kelly opened the door to his home in Olympia Fields the day he allegedly sexually assaulted Louis for the first time, when Louis said at another point that a someone named “Candy” was in charge of security at the door. Louis said Candy just wasn’t there that day.
Louis testified that one of the reasons he tried to bribe the other accuser was to “help them both”. He believed the woman might have tapes of sexual encounters with Kelly, and he hoped they would never see the light of day.
Despite his past, Louis said he still hopes to “be successful in music”. Assistant to the U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Geddes asked Louis the same question prosecutors have asked other witnesses who said Kelly promised to boost their musical careers: what did the singer do, the if so, to help him?
Louis gave the same answer as all the other witnesses.
“Nothing,” he testified.
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