Prosecutor in R. Kelly sex-trafficking trial urges jury to hold singer 'responsible' for sexual abuse

It is now time to hold the defendant responsible for the pain he inflicted on each of his victims,” Asistente EE. UU.. Attorney Elizabeth Geddes said in concluding her closing arguments in federal court in Brooklyn. “It is now time for the defendant, Robert Kelly, to pay for his crimes. Convict him.

Her remarks came after an exhaustive recitation of evidence the government says proves how Kelly, with the help of some loyal members of his entourage, lured underage victims into his orbit before subjecting them to tactics fromthe predator playbook.

The tactics included isolating them in hotel rooms or his studio, subjecting them to degrading rules and punishments, and making video recordings of them having sex with him and others as a means to control them, los fiscales dijeron.

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In this courtroom sketch, R. Kelly, centrar, sits with his defense attorneys Thomas Farinella, top, and Nicole Blank Becker during the first day of his defense in his sex trafficking case, lunes, Septiembre. 20, 2021, en Nueva York.

In this courtroom sketch, R. Kelly, centrar, sits with his defense attorneys Thomas Farinella, top, and Nicole Blank Becker during the first day of his defense in his sex trafficking case, lunes, Septiembre. 20, 2021, en Nueva York. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)

Geddes described one graphic video – seen by the jury during testimonio, but not by the public – she said showed Kelly forcing one of his victims to give another man oral sex. The woman submittedbecause her will had been broken,” the prosecutor said.

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The defense was to begin its closing argument later Thursday. The jury could get the case as early as Friday afternoon at the trial that began Aug. 18.

The 54-year-old Kelly, perhaps best known for the 1996 smash hitI Believe I Can Fly,” has pleaded not guilty to racketeering charges. He’s also charged with multiple violations of the Mann Act, which makes it illegal to transport anyone across state linesfor any immoral purpose.

The defendant has vehemently denied the allegations, claiming that the accusers were groupies who wanted to take advantage of his fame and fortune until the #MeToo movement turned them against him.

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