R. Kelly is accused of forcing his alleged victims to lay naked in front of him and be spanked on camera as the disgraced singer’s sick behavior is exposed in court.
Prosecutors are currently in week three of presenting their case to the jury. They accuse Kelly of running a criminal enterprise for decades that had the sole goal of recruiting young women for him to assault.
One alleged victim told the jury that Kelly locked her in his recording studio in 2003. She claims he raped her while she was unconscious. The first woman – who used the name Sonja on the stand – said she met Kelly when she was 21.
The alleged victim was working as an intern at a radio station. She scored an interview with Kelly but ended up locked in his home and assaulted. She said Kelly locked her in a room for several days without food or water.
The other woman – who used the pseudonym Anna – told the court she met Kelly when she was 19 or 20 at one of his concerts. She had moved in with him only a few months later.
However, she said things turned dark quickly with Kelly imposing a set of rules on her. He allegedly forced her to wear baggy clothing and baseball hats.
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She was prohibited from wearing any makeup and had to turn away when other men entered a room. Anna said she had her phone taken away for months and kept her upstairs in his Atlanta mansion.
She said Kelly even forced her to ask for permission to use the bathroom. If she couldn’t reach Kelly when she had to pee Anna would pee in a cup.
In court, she testified that one punishment by Kelly would be him spanking them while he recorded it on his iPad. Anna said Kelly made her record herself saying she enjoyed the spankings and that it turned her on, even though she did not actually enjoy it.
He also reportedly forced her to walk around him naked and call herself a “stupid slut.”
The government is set to bring more alleged victims to the stand this week.
Kelly denies all allegations and claims every accuser consented to his behavior.