R Kelly is on trial for fixing a previous child porn case

Prosecutors say Kelly threatened and tried to pay off the girl and her parents so they would not testify at the 2008 trial. None of them did.

CHICAGO — Jury selection begins Monday at R. Kelly’s federal trial in his hometown of Chicago, where the R&B singer is accused of tampering with his state child pornography trial in 2008 by threatening and paying off a girl he allegedly filmed himself having sex with when he was around 30 and she was no older than 14.

The jury acquitted Kelly of all charges in that 2008 trial, some later saying they felt they had no choice because the girl did not testify. The woman, now in her 30s and referred to on the files only as “Minor 1,” will be the government’s key witness in the upcoming federal trial.

Kelly, 55, will appear in federal court in Chicago on Monday convicted by a New York federal judge to a 30-year prison sentence a 2021 conviction Amid charges, he used his fame to sexually abuse other young fans.

Kelly who rose from poverty on Chicago’s South Side Becoming a singer-songwriter-producer faces multiple charges in the federal trial. They include four cases of seduction of minors into sex – one each for four other accusers. They should testify too.

Convictions in Chicago could add decades to Kelly’s sentence in New York, which he is appealing. With the New York verdict alone, Kelly will be in her 80s before she qualifies for early release.

Two Kelly associates, Derrel McDavid and Milton Brown, are co-defendants in the Chicago trial. McDavid is accused of helping Kelly fix the 2008 trial, while Brown is accused of receiving child pornography. Like Kelly, they have denied any wrongdoing.

Two State proceedings are also still pending. one is one Case of multiple sexual abuse from the Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago. The other is a Publicity case in Minnesota. No trial dates have been set for either of them.

Minor 1 is expected to testify that she had sex with Kelly on video. The recording was the centerpiece of the month-long 2008 trial and was played to the jury almost daily.

Minor 1 first met Kelly in the late 1990s when she was in junior high school. She had come to Kelly’s recording studio in Chicago with her aunt, a professional singer who worked with Kelly. Soon after, Minor 1 told her parents that Kelly would be her godfather.

Prosecutors say Kelly later threatened Minors 1 and their parents and tried to cash them out so they would not testify at the 2008 trial. None of them did.

The double jeopardy rules prohibit prosecution of individuals for the same crimes of which they were previously acquitted. This does not apply to the federal trial in Chicago, as prosecutors allege various crimes involving Minor 1, including obstruction of justice.

https://www.kvue.com/article/news/crime/r-kelly-trial/507-b5a67fec-a697-4539-92dd-1d3b91c840eb R Kelly is on trial for fixing a previous child porn case

Laura Coffey

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