R. Kelly’s former personal assistant was put on the stand on Friday, and he testified that the disgraced singer had a list of rules his underage girlfriends were forced to follow.
According to The New Post, Anthony Navarro – R. Kelly’s personal assistant between 2007 and 2009 – testified against his ex-employer Brooklyn federal court Friday.
“The things you had to do was just a bit uncomfortable, it was almost like The Twilight Zone, you went into the gate, and it was like a different world, just a strange place,” Navarro said on the third day of R. Kelly’s sex crimes and racketeering trial. “If they’re not where they’re supposed to be, you’d have to tell Rob or a manager. They weren’t supposed to be wandering around, they weren’t supposed to leave the room.”
Navarro – who has also worked for celebrities like Taylor Swift, Jay-Z, and Kanye West - also reportedly told the court that when he was working for R. Kelly, he allegedly escorted the singer’s underage girlfriends to their designated rooms at his former employer’s Olympia Fields mansion. He also had to make sure they didn’t leave their designated areas.
Navarro also reportedly admitted to the courtroom that, while in the process of reviewing the mansion’s surveillance footage, he saw two teenage girls hop a fence and attempt to escape.
“They looked really young,” Navarro testified. “I thought they were like mid-aged teenagers. We were instructed not to talk to any of the females. Sometimes they would get envelopes of money when leaving.”
Navarro was a personal assistant to R. Kelly during the same time the singer is accused of sexually assaulting Jerhonda Pace. At the time, Pace would have been 16 and R. Kelly would have been 42.
As Radar previously reported, R. Kelly has been in federal custody since 2019. He pleaded not guilty to charges of racketeering, bribery, coercion, enticement, and sex trafficking Wednesday morning.
R. Kelly’s trial is expected to last multiple weeks. According to the prosecutors, the singer could face anywhere from 10 years to life in prison if found guilty on all counts.