R. Kelly Accuser: He Made Me Do Degrading Things

'Jane Doe' says he once forced her to rub feces on her face and videotape it
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 24, 2021 10:20 AM CDT
R. Kelly Accuser: He Made Me Do Degrading Things
In this courtroom artist's sketch made from a video screen monitor of a Brooklyn courtroom, defendant R. Kelly, left, listens during the opening day of his trial, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021 in New York.   (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)

Another accuser took the witness stand on Monday at R. Kelly’s sex-trafficking trial, testifying that the R&B superstar sexually abused her on his tour bus and in hotel rooms when she was still a high school student and an aspiring singer. The woman, identified only as "Jane Doe," said Kelly once beat her with a shoe and wept when she also claimed that she contracted herpes after having sex with him. She said he hadn’t disclosed he had a sexually transmitted disease. "This man purposely gave me something he knew he had," she said. "He could have controlled the situation." More from the AP:

  • Her age. A prosecutor in federal court in Brooklyn repeatedly asked the witness how old she was when the abuse took place in 2015. "I was 17 years old," she responded each time. Now 23, she testified on Monday that she met Kelly while he was performing on his "Black Panties" tour, told him she was an aspiring performer, and lied about her age, saying she was 18. When she finally revealed she was underage, Kelly slapped her across the face but kept her in his life, she said.
  • What she wanted. She testified she had no romantic interest in Kelly. "I just wanted to sing," she said. "I genuinely wanted his input." The first sign of trouble came when Kelly offered her an audition but said he needed to ejaculate before it would happen, she said. They were soon regularly having sex, with Kelly nearly always videotaping the encounters, she said.
  • An alleged beating. Another time, he flew into a rage because she had texted a friend about him, she said. He grabbed a size 12 sneaker from his closet and assaulted her with it, she said. "He hit me all over," she said. "I was running from him and fighting back," but at 4-foot-11 and 98 pounds she said she was no match for him.
  • More allegations. As a punishment, Kelly once forced her to rub feces on her face and videotape it, she said. She was also coerced into getting an abortion in 2017 after Kelly said he wasn't ready to have a child with her, she added. The jury was shown notes she wrote to herself about how to stay in line with his rules when she was around him. "Tell Daddy everything," she had written.
(More R. Kelly stories.)

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