Woman Testifies R Kelly Sexually Abused Her When She Was 14

Just when we thought we’d heard the last of R. Kelly following his recent 2022 trial for racketeering, bribery, and child sex trafficking,  now comes another sordid story of his serial, sexual abuse of a young girl and a 2008 trial for producing child pornography, from which he was acquitted! The conundrum being that if the 2008 trial had been successful, all those 14 additional years of his sexual exploitation of many more children could have been avoided. In a particularly depressing coda, Jeffrey Epstein also beat charges of sexual abuse of minors in 2008. Two villains set free to continue their evil doings.

If at the time of their dual exonerations in 2008 you had just read my book “What Goes Around Comes Around,” (available on Amazon & Audible) which is a concept I describe as a law of nature and physics, you’d probably have said, “See, it’s not true!” Yet here we sit today knowing that Kelly will spend the rest of his days in prison and also knowing the fates of Epstein and henchwoman, Giselle Maxwell. So how is it explainable that they were able to extend their evil enterprises from 2008 to hurt even more people?  What Law explains that?

At this time there is no good answer, because the fact is we don’t know that nuance yet. Comprehending the timing part is the trickiest, aspect of “Karma” or “The Law of Cause & Effect,” or “What Goes Around Comes Around,” all ways of describing the same concept. Its almost like part of the plan is to throw us off, because of it. From my studies to figure it out, I think that Emerson’s Essay on Compensation says it best, which I paraphrase.

The blossom, whether flower or thorn, is in the very seed that we plant in our garden of life. Once planted it cannot be changed or altered, but may take a long time to appear.

But we should not be deterred by it, to the extent that we dismiss the Principle at play. There have been many laws of nature that at one point we did not fully understand, but with time and study and experience, come to understand better and better. The same will be true here, because as sure as night follows day, What Goes Around, does Come Around! We just may not be sure when!

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/18/arts/music/r-kelly-victim-testimony.html?smid=em-shareit

 

Woman Testifies R. Kelly Sexually Abused Her on Video When She Was 14

The woman testified at the singer’s federal trial in Chicago that she had been persuaded not to testify against him at his 2008 state trial, which ended in his acquittal.

 

R. Kelly in 2019.
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Robert Chiarito and 

CHICAGO — In 2008, a jury in Chicago declared the singer R. Kelly not guilty of producing child sexual abuse imagery after seeing a videotape that prosecutors said showed the R&B singer engaging in sex acts with an underage girl. The defense team had argued that the identities of the people in the tape were in question, and several jurors said the lack of testimony from the victim was a significant barrier to convicting Mr. Kelly.

But on Thursday, the woman at the center of the 2008 trial took the stand, identifying herself and Mr. Kelly as the people in the infamous video, saying that they had sex “hundreds” of times when she was underage, and explaining how two decades ago he had persuaded her to deny their relationship to law enforcement officials.

In recent years, she began cooperating with investigators.

“I no longer wanted to carry his lies,” the woman said on Friday under cross-examination by Mr. Kelly’s lawyer.

Mr. Kelly has been trailed by accusations of abusing young women and underage girls for more than two decades but had long avoided criminal punishment — until last year, when he was sentenced to 30 years in prison after he was convicted in federal court in Brooklyn of racketeering and sex trafficking charges.

Before that, the 2008 trial was the closest Mr. Kelly had gotten to being held accountable.

The woman at the center of that trial, now 37, took the stand at the Everett M. Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in downtown Chicago, where she said that she had been repeatedly sexually abused as a teenager by Mr. Kelly and testified that it was in fact her at age 14 appearing in the videotape, which at one point shows Mr. Kelly urinating on her.

Testifying under a pseudonym for more than four hours on Thursday, the woman told the court that in 2002, after law enforcement officials had obtained the tape, Mr. Kelly sent her and her parents out of the country to make them inaccessible to investigators. He then urged her to deny to a grand jury that it was her on the tape and paid for a lawyer to accompany her, she said. She testified that she had falsely told the grand jury that it was not her on the videotape and that she was not sexually involved with Mr. Kelly. She said that she gave Mr. Kelly’s lawyers a necklace of hers that could be seen on the videotape and signed a confidentiality agreement that the singer gave her.

“If I wanted to show my loyalty, I needed to sign that agreement,” she said.

As the woman spoke, Mr. Kelly — who is facing charges of coercing minors into sex, receiving child sexual abuse videos and conspiring to obstruct justice — remained impassive.

The woman told the jury that she was 13 years old when she was first introduced to Mr. Kelly by her aunt, a protégée of Mr. Kelly’s who goes by the stage name Sparkle. Mr. Kelly, who became the woman’s godfather, started speaking sexually with her over the phone, she said, then started abusing her physically. She testified that Mr. Kelly would sexually assault her at various locations, including his home, the recording studio and his tour bus.

The tape surfaced after a journalist for The Chicago Sun-Times who had reported on the accusations against Mr. Kelly, Jim DeRogatis, received it in the mail from an anonymous sender, and turned it over to law enforcement. Mr. Kelly was charged in 2002 with producing child pornography, and he stood trial in 2008 but was acquitted.

The woman testified that around the time of the trial, she was living with Mr. Kelly in his mansion, and that after he was acquitted, he began physically abusing her and controlling her ability to leave. He later helped her move into her own place and get a car, she said.

A lawyer for Mr. Kelly, Jennifer Bonjean, sought to undermine her testimony in cross-examination on Friday, asking the woman about an immunity deal she made with prosecutors and the possibility that she would ask for restitution. The woman affirmed that in exchange for her testimony, prosecutors had granted her immunity from prosecution for perjury related to the false grand jury testimony in 2002. She said she was unsure whether she would ask for restitution, meaning payment from Mr. Kelly to help compensate her for what she endured.

Prosecutors say that they now have more evidence of the woman’s abuse than the state prosecutors had 14 years ago. The 2008 trial focused on one video, but the current trial centers on four videos that prosecutors say show Mr. Kelly sexually abusing the woman. Those videos are the basis for charges against Mr. Kelly related to producing child pornography, as well as the ones related to receiving child pornography.

According to the federal indictment, Mr. Kelly and his associates realized in 2001 that videotapes of him sexually abusing the woman were missing, and as a result, they began a multiyear effort to recover the tapes, paying one person hundreds of thousands of dollars to try to regain possession of them.

Charges against two of Mr. Kelly’s associates, Derrel McDavid and Milton Brown, who are standing trial at the same time as Mr. Kelly, relate to accusations that they had tried to find the missing tapes. Both men pleaded not guilty, and their lawyers have argued that they were carrying out their jobs, unaware that Mr. Kelly was abusing children.

Later on in the trial, four other women are also expected to testify that Mr. Kelly sexually abused them when they were girls.

Woman Testifies R Kelly Sexually Abused Her When She Was 14

Woman Testifies R Kelly Sexually Abused Her When She Was 14


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What Goes Around Comes Around:

A stable, positive, non preachy, objective voice makes the book stand apart from others in the genre. A successful guide that uses anecdotes to reveal powerful truths about life.

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R Kelly Sentenced to 30 Years

R Kelly Sentenced to 30 Years

We have been following this sad saga for a long time, wondering what the final result would be. Now we know! R. Kelly will now spend virtually the rest of his life behind bars. No more using his celebrity and considerable talents for the wrong purposes. Interesting that if was right on the heels of the Ghislaine Maxwell sentence of 20 years. Also interesting in a sickening kind of way, that both Jeffrey Epstein & R. Kelly were razer close to being put away in 2008 and yet both escaped to continue their ugly malfeasance for another ten plus years. Why, is a reasonable question to ask? What is there about the Laws of Life that enabled that to happen? It is one of those mysteries that we have not yet found the key to unlock. But rest assured we wil!, and when that happens we will also get a more clear vision of why it took so long. Its just like every other study of Physics, Biology or Chemistry. The advances happen incrementally over the years, with every now and then a quantum leap. The same is happening here and for the moment we’ll have to be satisfied that these villains are off the street and others in the future will be quicker to be revealed and removed. It is “The Law of Cause & Effect” in action, because what goes around does come around!

R&B Superstar R. Kelly Convicted in Sex Trafficking Trial

New York (AP) — R. Kelly, the R&B superstar known for his anthem “I Believe I Can Fly,” was convicted Monday in a sex trafficking trial after decades of avoiding criminal responsibility for numerous allegations of misconduct with young women and children.

A jury of seven men and five women found Kelly, 54, guilty of all nine counts, including racketeering, on their second day of deliberations. Kelly wore a face mask below black-rimmed glasses, remaining motionless with eyes downcast, as the verdict was read in federal court in Brooklyn.

Prosecutors alleged that the entourage of managers and aides who helped Kelly meet girls — and keep them obedient and quiet — amounted to a criminal enterprise. Two people have been charged with Kelly in a separate federal case pending in Chicago.

He faces the possibility of decades in prison for crimes including violating the Mann Act, an anti-sex trafficking law that prohibits taking anyone across state lines “for any immoral purpose.” Sentencing is scheduled for May 4.

One of Kelly’s lawyers, Deveraux Cannick, said he was disappointed and hoped to appeal.