Prosecutors are playing R. Kelly tapes as the government case goes down

Prosecutors in R. Kelly’s sex trafficking trial have played video and audio recordings for the jury, alleging that he abused women and girls

NEW YORK – Prosecutors, at the end of their case during R. Kelly’s sex trafficking trial, played records for a New York City jury Wednesday, saying they claimed R&B singers abused women and girls.

In court papers, prosecutors described tapes of a profane Kelly who threatened violence against victims during recorded rants in 2008.

Jurors listened to the recording in Brooklyn federal court with headphones on. There has been no audio for the press and the public – already limited by the judge to an abundance courtroom as a precaution for the coronavirus – making it impossible to know exactly what the panel saw or heard, or how it reacted to it.

A video feed in the Abundance Courtroom showed that Kelly was not wearing headphones, which would have allowed him to listen to the latest evidence against the government in a trial that began on August 18.

Kelly, 54, has repeatedly denied allegations that behind the scenes of a 30-year career illuminating his 1996 mega-hit “I Believe I Can Fly” was a sexual enemy who cared for and sexually exploited his young victim. His lawyers have portrayed the accused as groups who want to take advantage of his fame.

The trial is set to end on Thursday, but will resume on Friday if it is possible the government will reconsider its case. Kelly’s lawyers have said they will file a defense case, which begins Monday.


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