R. Kelly’s semen was discovered on the shirt of one of his alleged victims who claim the singer abused her at 16.
Earlier today, prosecutors called DNA expert Yongfei Wu to the stand to talk about DNA found on a blue t-shirt worn by Jerhonda Pace.
Pace claims Kelly abused her over the course of a six-month period back in 2010. She finally left after he allegedly beat her for not paying attention to him. She testified he forced her to perform oral sex on him and he ejaculated on her face.
Pace said she used the shirt to wipe her face. Pace said she kept the shirt and handed it over to police.
In court, Wu said the DNA found on Pace’s shirt matches Kelly’s DNA, which they obtained via a cheek swab. At the start of Kelly’s sex trafficking trial, 28-year-old Pace took the stand to describe the horrific abuse she allegedly suffered at the hands of the disgraced singer.
Pace was a die-hard fan of Kelly and attended his 2008 criminal trial despite not knowing him. A year later, the singer invited her to his Chicago home. She claims the two had a six-month relationship when she was 16 but told him she was 19.
On the stand, she described the first day with Kelly. Pace said Kelly told her to undress and he started to perform oral sex on her. She testified that she became uncomfortable having lied about her age and then revealed the truth.
The alleged victim says Kelly did not care and instructed her to tell others she was 19 and to act 21. Kelly proceeded to have her perform oral sex on him. Pace stayed with Kelly for months. She said things quickly turned dark with the singer imposing strict rules on her.
The jury heard Pace explain Kelly taking away her cell phone and keeping her in rooms as punishment. Pace said the relationship ended in January 2010 after Kelly badly beat her.
He allegedly became upset after she didn’t acknowledge him after walking into a room. She said Kelly slapped and choking her until she passed out. When she woke up, Pacer says Kelly spit in her face and then he made her perform oral sex on him.
Kelly ejaculated on her face. Pace said she wiped the semen off her face with the blue t-shirt she was wearing. Hours later, she left the home and never returned.
Pace kept the t-shirt and handed it over to her attorney. The alleged victim and Kelly worked out a $1.5 million settlement in exchange for her silence. However, she broke the non-disclosure agreement and was never paid out all the funds.
The alleged victim handed over the t-shirt to police in 2017 and filed a report against Kelly. During cross-examination, Kelly’s attorney called Pace, “a self-proclaimed liar” in court. The trial will resume tomorrow in New York federal court.