NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors, nearing the end of their case at the sex trafficking trial of R. Kelly, played recordings for a New York City jury Wednesday they say back up allegations the R&B singer abused women and girls.
Prosecutors have presented court papers that describe tapes of Kelly calling for violence against victims in recorded rants from 2008.
Jurors listened in Brooklyn federal court to the recording using headphones. The audio was not available to the public or the press, as the judge had already closed the courtroom to the public for coronavirus protection. This made it difficult to see or hear what the panel was hearing or how it was responding to it.
Kelly wasn’t wearing the headphones that would allow him to see the latest evidence against his at the government’s trial that began August 18.
Kelly, 54, repeatedly denied allegations that he was a sexual predator and exploited his young victims behind closed doors during a 30-year career. His lawyers portray the accusers in a group of spies who are trying to capitalize on his fame.
The trial will be halted on Thursday, but it will resume Friday when the government is likely to rest its case. Kelly’s lawyers said they would present a defense that would start Monday.