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After several days of testimony from women claiming to have been treated and sexually assaulted by R. Kelly, a man appeared on the witness stand at Kelly’s New York sex trafficking trial on Monday to claim the R&B star had him. similarly exploited when he was a high school student.

The witness, testifying in Brooklyn federal court without using his real name, told a jury how Kelly lured him to his Chicago-area home in 2007 with bogus offers to help him with his young music career .

Kelly asked the alleged victim, then 17, “what I was prepared to do about the music,” the witness said. He replied, “I will carry your bags. … Whatever you need, I’ll be ready to do it.

“It’s not that. It’s not that,” he said, Kelly replied before asking him if he had ever fantasized about having sex with men. He described how. Kelly then “got down on her knees and started giving me oral sex” even though “I wasn’t in it”.

Subsequently, “he told me to stay between him and me,” he said.

In a later episode, Kelly snapped her fingers to summon a naked girl from where she was hiding under a boxing ring to give Kelly and the witness a blowjob, the man told the jury.

He continued to see Kelly after that because “I really wanted to be successful in the music industry,” he said.

The witness was testifying as part of a cooperative deal stemming from his guilty plea in a separate case, alleging that he was part of a botched scheme to bribe a woman so that she did not testify against Kelly. No charges have been laid against Kelly regarding the scheme.

Kelly, 54, was charged in July 2019 with racketeering based on the sexual exploitation of children, kidnapping, forced labor and violations of Mann Law – charges involving coercion and transporting women and girls into interstate commerce to engage in illegal sexual activity, according to a press release from the Department of Justice.

The charges relate to six women and girls.

Kelly, who has pleaded not guilty to racketeering, bribery, coercion, incitement and sex trafficking, has repeatedly denied accusations that he had preyed on victims during a 30-year career, highlighted by his 1996 mega hit “I Believe I Can Fly”. His lawyers have portrayed his accusers as groupies who lie about their relationship with him.

Earlier Monday, a woman said Kelly sexually assaulted her when she was 17 following a performance in Miami in 1994. The witness, also testifying without using her real name, claimed the pals Kelly had taken her with a friend to her dressing room after the show before he pulled down her shorts and forced her to have unprotected sex, she said.

“I was in complete shock,” she said. “I had no idea what to say at all. I basically went white.

Subsequently, she and her friend “unlocked the door and fled from there,” she said.

In cross-examination, defense attorney Deveraux Cannick insisted to the witness why, after someone allegedly “raped” you, she waited over two decades to contact law enforcement .

“Because I didn’t want to feel more shame and trauma,” she said.


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