R. Kelly’s trial: Artist transmits herpes to a girl on purpose
A woman who claims R. Kelly had sexual relations with her when she was 17 testified during his sex abuse trial that the R&B singer had been so intimidating that he instilled “fear of God” in her.
Stephanie, the now 39-year-old woman, told a Brooklyn jury that having been in a physical relation with Kelly during their six-month relationship was “humiliating.”
She also stated that he allowed Kelly to videotape her only because she felt she had no other choice.
“He was either nice and charming or jovial. Or he was domineering and intimidating, capable of instilling fear in me “Stephanie stated the following. “He humiliated me, degraded me, and terrified me.”
Stephanie testified on the seventh day of Kelly’s trial, on the 54-year-old singer’s Grammy-winning 1996 song “I Believe I Can Fly.”
Kelly has pleaded not guilty to charges of running a decades-long racketeering scheme in which he abused six women and girls, including late singer Aaliyah.
The 2019 Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly” addressed numerous allegations of sex-related misconduct.
Several witnesses testified that Kelly demanded strict obedience from those around him, with Stephanie and other accusers saying he insisted on being addressed as ‘Daddy.’
Stephanie claims she was first noticed in 1998 at a McDonald’s in Chicago by a member of Kelly’s entourage, who gave her the singer’s phone number and asked her to call.
She didn’t do so, but the following year she claimed she met Kelly at a Nike store in Chicago, hoping he’d remember her, and that he gave her his phone number.
Stephanie later revealed that she would sometimes wait for him for hours at his studio before he showed up and they had intercourse.
The final straw, he claims, came in 2011, just before he quit, when Kelly told him to find a female tour guide for him and his entourage for a VIP outing at Disney World in Florida.
Arnold stated that he could only find a male guide, prompting Kelly to cancel the trip and deduct the full amount, $1,500, from his final weekly paycheck.
Kelly is also facing sex-related criminal charges in the states of Illinois and Minnesota. He has entered a not-guilty plea.
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