NEW YORK (AP) – Prosecutors want New York City jury in courtR. Kelly sex trafficking caseHearing abusive video and audio recordings that they say show how he threatens his victims with violence.
In one of the 2008 tapes, an enraged Kelly can be heard accusing an unidentified woman of lying to him before she began assaulting him, according to a court document presented Tuesday in federal court in Brooklyn.
Kelly says, “If you lie to me, I’ll s— you up.”
According to the file, the star R&B singer was caught on another recording berating a second woman from Florida, identified as “Jane Doe”, whom she accused of stealing a Rolex watch.
“You better never take it from me again or I’ll be in Florida and something will happen to you,” she says. “Do you understand what I’m telling you?”
Prosecutors had planned to call the second woman as a witness. But they decided against it after “he started having panic attacks and an emotional breakdown” while listening to the tape in preparation for his testimony, the filing says.
Defendant boasted that he had “cameras everywhere” in his Chicago studio and other places he kept an eye on his victims, he adds.
Kelly, now 54, has denied extortion and other charges accusing her of sexually abusing several women, girls and boys during her 30-year career as a singer. He vehemently denied the accusations, claiming that there were groups that wanted the women to capitalize on the fame and fortune he had achieved with hits such as “I Believe You Can Fly.”
The judge said on Tuesday that he would accept the government’s request to use the tapes as evidence in the case, which began on August 18. There was no immediate response to a message from Kelly’s defense team seeking comment.
The request came a day after another witness revealed that Kelly had seen Kelly “in a sexual situation” with R&B phenomenon Aaliyah around 1993, when she was just 13 or 14. The woman also told the jury that Kelly had sex with her when she was 15 — the latest in a series of accusers who said she sexually exploited them when she was a minor.
The woman, a former backup of Kelly’s who said she didn’t use her real name, explained that Kelly opened a door on her tour bus and made her kneel in front of Aaliyah and look like he was giving her a blowjob. He said he immediately shut the door and left without ever talking about the encounter with Kelly.
The jury had heard beforea former Kelly employee testifiedHow two fake identities were used to clear the way for her to marry Aaliyah after she had sex with Kelly and believes she is pregnant. A marriage certificate presented as evidence incorrectly listed her age as 18; Kelly was 27 at the time.
Prosecutors say Kelly wanted to use the marriage, which was later annulled, to protect her from charges related to having sex with a minor and to prevent her from testifying against him.
aaliyah,He worked with Kelly, whose full name is Aaliyah Dana Haughton, who wrote and produced his debut album “Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number” in 1994. He died in a plane crash in 2001 at the age of 22.