R Kelly Paid Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars To Buy Back Child P*rn Videos
R Kelly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to try to buy back child p*rn videos that allegedly went missing in the early 2000s, a court has heard.
The disgraced musician and his inner circle splashed out the huge sum on trying to recover the lost recordings, prosecutors claimed.
In testimony heard at the trial in Chicago on Monday an IRS agent went through payments check by check.
Meanwhile the mother of one of his accusers told how she and her husband were left fearing for their lives when the singer confronted them over their allegations.
She told told jurors she lied to a state grand jury 20 years ago in part because she and her husband felt threatened by Kelly if they told the truth.
Using the pseudonym, ‘Susan,’ she told how she and her husband confronted Kelly at a hotel in the early 2000s about whether he was abusing their daughter.
She testified that they were startled when the singer told them, ‘You are with us or against us.’
She said she took those words to mean ‘that they were going to harm us if we didn’t do what they wanted us to do.’
Among the directives from Kelly and an associate was that they had to lie that their daughter was not in a child pornography video and that they had to leave the country immediately for several weeks, she testified.
‘We were very, very frightened,’ she told jurors.
She added later that she lied to the grand jury ‘because we feared for our lives and we were intimidated.’
She said she also feared for the well-being of her daughter, who warned her parents at the time she might commit suicide if they refused to do what Kelly asked of them.
Kelly, 55, is on trial in his hometown on charges that include production of child pornography, enticing minor girls for s3x and obstruction justice by successfully rigging his 2008 child pornography trial in state court, at which he was acquitted.
Kelly is already staring at a 30-year prison sentence imposed by a federal judge in New York in June for his 2021 convictions on racketeering and sex trafficking charges.