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R. Kelly’s racketeering trial resumed on Tuesday, a day after her first male accuser testified that the R&B star offered help with her music career in return for sexual favors.

The man, who testified under the pseudonym Louis, told jurors that at the age of 17, Mr Kelly started making sexual advances on him.

Four women also said they were underage when their encounters with Mr Kelly began, including a woman identified only as Addie who described on Monday being raped by the singer in a dressing room after a concert.

Mr Kelly, who is on trial in federal court in Brooklyn, has denied the charges and pleaded not guilty to one charge of racketeering and eight counts of violating an interstate sex trafficking law.

Prosecutors charged Mr Kelly, 54, with leading a decades-long criminal conspiracy to target women and girls for sexual purposes with the help of a network of associates and employees .

Mr. Kelly is not charged with rape or sexual assault, and many of the specific charges against him fall outside the statute of limitations for these crimes. But a racketeering charge allows prosecutors to present evidence of any related potential crime.

Check back here for updates at the start of Day 9 of Mr. Kelly’s trial.

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