R Kelly 'raped teen days after marrying Aaliyah', witness claims

R Kelly 'raped teen days after marrying Aaliyah', witness claims

08/30/2021

R. Kelly reportedly raped a 17-year-old fan backstage after a concert in Miami in 1994, a court has heard on the eighth day of the disgraced singer’s New York trial.

The 54-year-old’s federal trial for racketeering and sex trafficking charges continued in Brooklyn on Monday, with Kelly denying all the charges.

The prosecution plans on presenting evidence that Kelly allegedly abused 22 victims, however, the charges laid out in the indictment center around six alleged victims.

The fourth accuser to testify in Brooklyn’s Federal District Court, told jurors that the Happy People singer had raped her after his performance at the 1994 Super Fest concert in Miami.

The witness, who goes by the name Addie, claimed two members of Kelly’s entourage picked herself and her friend out of the crowd and asked if they would like to go backstage and get autographs from the singer.

Addie stated she had hoped to see singer Aaliyah, who was allegedly pregnant with Kelly’s child at the time and had secretly married the singer just days before.

During her testimony, Addie claimed she was sexually assaulted by then 27-year-old Kelly in his dressing room in front of her best friend after he had autographed her ticket.

She testified the Same Girl hitmaker told the pair ‘I want to know which one of you kiss better’ and kissed her friend before turning to kiss Addie.

Addie claimed Kelly ‘started getting a little more aggressive’ and directed her to the back of the room where he pulled down her clothing and had unprotected sexual intercourse with her.

‘At this point, I was in complete shock,’ she testified to the jury. ‘I just went blank.’

Afterward, Addie and her friend ‘ran out of there’ and her friend wanted her to contact the police and press charges.

Addie claimed she chose not to because she feared that she would be ‘blacklisted’ from the entertainment industry at a time when she was an aspiring actress and dancer.

‘I didn’t even know if they would believe me. I didn’t want to be victim-shamed,’ she told the court.

On cross-examination, Kelly’s lawyer Deveraux Cannick asked why Addie did not come forward with the experience until 2019.

Addie, now 44, explained: ‘I didn’t want more victim-shaming and more trauma at that time…I’m an adult now. I’m no longer a little girl.’

During the trial, prosecutors will attempt to argue that the Grammy-winning singer ran a criminal scheme in which women and underage girls were recruited to engage in sexual activity with him. 

Kelly, was first arrested on sex-related charges in 2002 after a video, allegedly showing him having sex with a 14-year-old girl, was sent to the Chicago Sun-Times, but he was acquitted in 2008 after lengthy delays.

The trial is occurring before an anonymous jury of seven men and five women.

Following multiple delays mostly due to the pandemic, the trial continues under coronavirus precautions restricting the press and the public to overflow courtrooms with video feeds.

The musician is currently facing accusations of sexual exploitation of children and has pleaded not guilty to the charges in the states of Illinois, New York, and Minnesota.

How old was R. Kelly when he married Aaliyah?

It has been revealed in court that R. Kelly was 27 when he married then 15-year-old singer, Aaliyah.

The disgraced R&B singer was accused of bribing an Illinois government employee on August 30, 1994 to get a fake ID so Aaliyah could be listed as 18 on the marriage license.

Their marriage was later annulled several months later.

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