R. Kelly ‘sexually abused a teenage boy he met at McDonald’s in 2006 and forced another young man to have sex with women while he filmed them’ prosecutors allege ahead of singer’s trial
- R. Kelly’s sex trafficking trial is scheduled to begin on August 18
- On Friday, prosecutors submitted a motion to include evidence they claim is inextricably connected to Kelly’s charged crimes
- The evidence revolves around uncharged acts they claim Kelly carried out over the course of several years
- Prosecutors say Kelly had a sexual relationship with an underage male in 2006
- They also assert he had a separate sexual relationship with a young man several years later, during which time he forced the man into sex with a minor female
- Kelly is also accused of attempting to bribe an official in 2019 after he was first charged with sex crimes in the wake of the documentary ‘Surviving R. Kelly’
Federal prosecutors in New York have filed a motion seeking permission to include evidence of alleged, uncharged crimes committed by R. Kelly at his upcoming sex trafficking trial.
The disgraced singer, 54, is set to stand trial in Brooklyn next month after being charged with 22 crimes, including child sexual exploitation, child pornography production, racketeering and obstruction of justice.
Prosecutors claim Kelly led an enterprise made up of managers, bodyguards and other employees who helped him recruit women and girls for sex.
On Friday, the prosecutors submitted a new filing asking a judge to admit evidence for other uncharged acts that they claim are ‘directly relevant to and inextricably intertwined with the evidence of the charged crimes’.,
They include a shocking allegation that Kelly sexually abused a 17-year-old boy – known as John Doe #1 – after meeting him at a Chicago McDonalds in 2006 .
The documents further contend that that boy subsequently introduced Kelly to another underage male, identified only as John Doe #2.
Several years later, the prosecutors claim Kelly began a sexual relationship with John Doe #2. They also allege the star forcing several of his ‘girlfriends’ – including a minor – to have sex with the young man as he filmed them.
Federal prosecutors in New York have filed a motion seeking permission to include evidence of alleged, uncharged crimes committed by R. Kelly at his upcoming sex trafficking trial. He is pictured during a court hearing in September 2019
Kelly is pictured in 2006 – the same year he allegedly began a relationship with a 17-year-old boy he met a McDonald’s
In addition to the shocking sexual allegations, the new filing implicates Kelly in the bribery of a Cook County clerk in February 2019 – the same month the Cook County State Attorney’s Office charged the star with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
The prosecutors say a “crisis manager” for Kelly gave the clerk $2,500 and a ‘burner phone’ to get inside information on the legal issues.
The legal filing comes less than four weeks before Kelly’s trial is scheduled to commence.
A judge recently granted a slight delay in the trial, pushing back opening statements from August 9 to August 18 after Kelly obtained a new legal team.
He is currently being held in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. Ghislaine Maxwell is another high-profile inmate at the prison.
The legal filing comes less than four weeks before Kelly’s trial is scheduled to commence. Kelly is pictured in a court sketch earlier this month
A judge recently granted a slight delay in the trial, pushing back opening statements from August 9 to August 18 after Kelly obtained a new legal team
The federal trial will revolve around claims that Kelly and a group of managers and bodyguards recruited women and girls for sex.
Federal prosecutors say the group selected victims at concerts and other venues and arranged for them to travel to see Kelly. The Grammy Award-winning singer denies ever abusing anyone.
He is also facing state charges in Minnesota, Illinois and New York but his federal trial will happen first. It was delayed several times since the Covid-19 pandemic began.
He was charged in the wake of the docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, where multiple women told their stories of being abused by him.
In the docuseries, several women claimed that he and his entourage starved them and deprived them of their cellphones.
They allegedly controlled when the women slept, and also forced them to have sex with each other.
He has always denied any wrongdoing and in an interview with Gayle King, he exploded and claimed he was the victim of a set-up.
If convicted, Kelly could spend the rest of his life in prison.
The federal trial will revolve around claims that Kelly and a group of managers and bodyguards recruited women and girls for sex. Pictured, in September 2019