R. Kelly trial: Star witness “Jane” testifies about Kelly videotaping sexual activity when she was 14

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Artist’s sketch of “Jane,” the star witness in singer R. Kelly’s federal trial in Chicago, who told jurors about how Kelly began sexually abusing her when she was 14, and repeatedly made videotapes of them having sex.

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In graphic testimony at R. Kelly’s federal obstruction of justice and child pornography trial, the prosecution’s star witness provided graphic testimony, admitting for the first time publicly that Kelly began sexually abusing her when she was 14, and repeatedly filmed their sexual activity.

“Jane,” now 37, testified she viewed Kelly as an “authoritative figure” at the time, and said she participated in sexual acts with him while she was underage “out of intimidation.”

“I felt uncomfortable … but I looked up to him,” she testified. “It somewhat became normal.”

“Jane” said she started having feelings for Kelly, and it became normal since sexual involvement with him was so frequent.

“I developed feelings for Robert. He said he loved me. Said he would take care of me. Said he would protect me…it made me feel good,” she testified.

She also told the jury she considered herself to be submissive, and wanted to give Kelly everything he required, including bringing her friends “Pinky” and “Brittany” into their sexual relationship. “Brittany” was 16 at the time of their first threesome with Kelly and “Jane” was 15, she testified.

Asked shy she was willing to do those things, “Jane” testified she thought she was in love with Kelly at the time, and didn’t want him to think she wasn’t cooperating with him..

“Jane said” Kelly first instructed her to keep their relationship secret when they started having phone sex when she was around age 13 or 14. She said Kelly told her they could get in trouble, and it was very important she remain loyal to him

She said she wanted to share the relationship with her friends, but she didn’t because she was afraid, though she did eventually share it with her aunt, who had introduced the two.

“Jane” testified Kelly started recording their sexual activity when she was 14. She said she felt uncomfortable about being recorded, but reiterated Kelly was an authoritative figure and she didn’t want to feel “awkward.”

The recordings included the use of lighting and camcorders, and took place on Kelly’s bus, at his studio, and at his house on George Street.

“He let me know he wanted to video tape me … when we were in the room, he was setting everything up,” she testified.

“Jane” testified about three recordings that were played for the jury, showing her and Kelly having sex at his George Street house, in his bedroom and living room. She said she watched each of those videos in preparation for the trial.

In one of the videos, “Jane” said the two were having oral and simulated sex in his bedroom, and he asked her to describe her 14-year-old body. In another, filmed in Kelly’s living room, he gave her champagne and performed oral sex on her, then urinated on her vagina, she testified.

In the third video, which was evidence in Kelly’s 2008 child pornography trial, she performed oral sex on him in his jacuzzi, and he again urinated on her.

Asked why Kelly appeared to hand her money in that video, “Jane” cried audibly and said, “because if anybody saw the tape … he wanted it to appear I was a prostitute.”

Later, when the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services was investigating claims about their sexual relationship, “Jane” said she denied it, because she was afraid something would happen to Kelly, and wanted to protect him, because he told her “something really bad would happen to him.”

“Jane” testified she lied to DCFS because she was afraid and wanted to keep their relationship intact. She didn’t even tell her parents, she said, because it was something she would take to her grave to protect Kelly.

“I knew it was something they wouldn’t approve of,” she testified.

She also testified Kelly told her she did a “good job” and “handled everything correctly.”

When one of the sex tapes leaked in 2002, “Jane” said she and her parents had a conversation with Kelly, arranged by his former business manager Derrel McDavid, who is being tried alongside Kelly.

“Jane” said they met at a hotel in Oak Park, and she was scared because her parents were finally going to find out about her sexual relationship with Kelly, because Kelly told her it was true the tape had been leaked, and the authorities were about to get involved, so her parents needed to know, and Kelly wanted them “on his team.”

She recalled her father storming out of the meeting, crying, and Kelly pleading for him to stay, crying and begging his father for forgiveness.

“I was embarrassed for lying to my parents. They finally understood everything was true,” she testified.

She also said she feared what was going to happen to Kelly, and begging her parents not to turn him in.

After that meeting, “Jane” said Kelly wanted her parents to leave the country so they couldn’t speak to the authorities or the press, so he paid for them to the Bahamas and Cancun.

“I was told to make them feel uncomfortable so they would not turn against him,” she testified.


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