(ANSA) – NEW YORK, AUGUST 18 – American R&B singer R.
Kelly was described yesterday as a “predator” by the prosecution, on the first day of the ongoing trial against him in New York for sexual abuse.
The 54-year-old, best known for his hit “I believe I can fly”, appeared silently and with his head bowed in the Brooklyn federal courtroom where he is tried on charges of extortion, child sexual exploitation, kidnapping and corruption. for a period ranging from 1994 to 2018.
According to the indictment, the 1998 winner of three Grammy awards ran a network that recruited and trained young girls to have sex with him, locking them in hotel rooms when he was on tour and asking them to “keep their heads down” and call him “papi” (“daddy”). The singer is accused of abusing six women, including minors.
“We are talking about a predator. A man who for decades has used his fame, his popularity and a network of people at his disposal to target, train and exploit young girls and women to satisfy his sexual desires,” he said. the prosecutor Maria Cruz Melendez said at the opening of the proceedings. If found guilty of all charges by the jury, made up of seven men and five women, R. Kelly faces 10 years in prison. The singer pleaded not guilty. (HANDLE).
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