NEW YORK (AP) — After several days of testimony from women claiming they were groomed & sexually abused by R. Kelly, a man took the witness stand at Kelly’s sex-trafficking trial in New York City on Monday to say the R&B star exploited him in the same way when he was a high school student.
The witness, taking the witness stand in federal court in Brooklyn without using his real name, told a jury how Kelly lured him to his Chicago-area home in 2007 with false offers of helping him with his fledgling music career.
Kelly asked the alleged victim, then 17, “what I was willing to do for music,” the witness said. He replied, “I’ll carry your bags. ... Anything you need, I’ll be willing to do.”
“That’s not it. That’s not it,” he said Kelly responded before asking him if he ever fantasized about having sex with men. He described how Kelly then “crawled down on his knees & proceeded to give me oral sex,” even though, “I wasn’t into it.”
Afterward, “he told me to keep between him & me,” he said.
In a later episode, Kelly “snapped his fingers three times” to summon a naked girl from where she was hiding under a boxing ring to give Kelly & the witness oral sex, the man told the jury.
He kept seeing Kelly after that because “I really wanted to make it in the music industry,” he said.
Kelly, 54, has repeatedly denied accusations that he preyed on victims during a 30-year career.” His lawyers have portrayed his accusers as groupies who are lying about their relationships with him.
Earlier Monday, a woman testified that Kelly sexually assaulted her at age 17 following a performance in Miami in 1994. The witness, also testifying without using her real name, claimed that Kelly’s cronies took her & a friend to his dressing room after the show before he pulled down her shorts & forced her to have unprotected sex.
“I was in complete shock,” she said. “I didn’t know what to say at all. I basically went blank.”
Afterward, she & her friend “unlocked the door & ran out of there,” she said.
On cross-examination, defense attorney Deveraux Cannick pressed the witness on why, after someone allegedly “raped you,” she waited more than two decades to contact law enforcement.
“Because I didn’t want to feel more shame & trauma,“ she said.
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