Updates on the R. Kelly Trial and History and Timeline of Allegations Against R. Kelly
Updated: Aug 25, 2021
Now you know that I’ve been following this R. Kelly trial for quite some time. And I told y’all that every time something new comes to light, like allegations, or new evidence or updates on his trial that I will discuss it with you guys. So today (along with my video below) I’m actually going to do that and give you all a history or a timeline of allegations against R Kelly. Especially, for those who still believe that this man can do no wrong in your eyes. LOL
First off, the jury selection for Kelly’s trial has been selected. The jury consist of 7 men and 5 women who will hear the R&B singer's Federal sex trafficking trial. The panel was sworn in on Wednesday after dozens of potential jurors were screened by U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly in federal court in Brooklyn. Now as far as opening statements and testimony, that, will begin on August 18th. And the jurors will remain anonymous and partially sequestered. For those of you who have been following this trial with me, you know that R. Kelly faces racketeering, and sex trafficking charges and could possibly face the rest of his life in prison. That is depending on how long he lives.
And of course, he still denies any of the charges. They are forecasting that the trial may last begin 6 and 8 weeks. And unfortunately, the Judge did decide, which I told you guys last week. That their will be no public allowed in the courtroom, and no media allowed in person. Neither will be allowed to watch in the courtroom in person due to the pandemic numbers back on the rise. So, for everybody’s safety and precaution measures, nobody besides the necessary people will be allowed to attend the trial in person. This Federal trial for R. Kelly is the 2nd Federal trial for the star. Remember he was acquitted in 2008 for child pornography charges. And in this particular case, he is facing a multitude of charges from sex trafficking to forced labor, racketeering, sexual exploitation of children, and kidnapping. Yet, again, he continues to deny any of these charges.
R. Kelly has been accused of recruiting woman and girls to engage in illegal sexual activities. And as of recently, two new allegations have surfaced regarding two 17-year-old boys. Prosecutors are alleging that the singer abused a 17-year-old boy almost 15 years ago. R. Kelly is said to have met the boy at a McDonald’s in 2006. The singer then invited the boy to a party at his Chicago home. The singer did attend the party, at first with his parents. But was told by R. Kelly to come alone, the next time he visits. And just like similar stories told by the singer’s other accuser’s, R. Kelly invited the boy to his studio, under the guise of helping and mentoring with his musical aspirations. Allegedly the singer asked John Doe #1 what he was willing to do to make it in the music world. Kelly made it very clear, how he wanted John Doe #1 to engage in sexual activities with him.
With that being said, Kelly, did engage in sexual activities with John Doe #1, which violated Illinois law. Later down the line, John Doe #1 introduced Kelly to, among others, a close male friend who was during that time between 16 or 17 years old. And who we shall refer to as John Doe #2. The singer, a few years down the line, did begin a sexual relationship with John Doe #2 as well. He actually insisted that both of the boys allow him to have sex with not only them, but with their girlfriends as well. That turned to R. Kelly filming their sexual encounters with him and filming the boys having sex with each other. Kelly even paid John Doe #2 sometimes to have sex with him. And allegedly, there are telephone records to corroborate the allegations of the newest accusers. And of course, the singer denies all allegations.
And on that note, I’m going to give you a little bit of history on all of the allegations against R. Kelly. Because for more than two decades he seems to have been facing allegations of sexual abuse. And it goes all the way back to the 90s where he was accused of being a predator who sought out teenage girls. Now we all know that Kelly himself, was a victim of child abuse. I have mentioned that many times. It came out by his brother on the Lifetime “Surviving R. Kelly” series that he was abused by an older man in the neighborhood. The man did get locked up for the crime. But allegedly R. Kelly’s mother was paid $5,000 by the accuser to not press charges, which his mother did accept. That was alleged by R. Kelly’s own brother in the Lifetime series. Along with that abuse, in R. Kelly’s autobiography, he claims to have been raped at 8-years-old by a female family member. That female member is alleged to have been his own older sister. Again. that was said by R. Kelly’s brother as well, in the Lifetime series.
Now moving forward (in those days), way back in 1994 is when R. Kelly married Aaliyah. He was 27 years old, and she was 15 years old. They had a secret ceremony in Chicago. R. Kelly had somebody to forge documents stating that Aaliyah was 18 years old, when she was only 15 years old. But then later the marriage was annulled in February of 1995. Ever since then, the singer has never really spoken about that period of time, only saying things like how the two of them were best of friends. Allegedly, it’s because her parents were paid off and an NDA was signed.
In 1996, Tiffany Hawkins had sued R. Kelly for emotional distress. She claimed personal injuries and emotional distress that she suffered through a 3-year relationship with him. She said that they started to have sex in 1991 when she was only 15 and he was 24. The relationship ended about 3 years later when she was 18. Hawkins who had sought 10 million dollars in damages, settled for $250,000 in 1998.
In 2001, R. Kelly was sued by an intern. Her name was Tracy Sampson, who sued him for indecent sexual relationship. Sampson was 17 years old and claims that she was treated as a sexual object and then cast aside. She also claims how he tried to control every aspect of her life, from where she would go, to who she would see. And if you guys tuned into the Lifetime “Surviving R. Kelly” series, you might recall how a lot of the accusers, if not all of them, stated how controlling he was. According to those accusers, they couldn’t eat, sleep, use the restroom, shower, bathe, leave the house, nothing without his permission.
Then in May of 2002 there were two more court cases. That’s when he was sued by Patrice Jones. Patrice had claimed that when she was underage, the singer had gotten her pregnant, only to force her to have an abortion. During that time as well, Montina Woods, sued R. Kelly, stating he had videotaped them while they were having sex, without her knowledge. Those sex tapes were then made available for sale, on the streets by bootleggers. The title of that sex tape was “R. Kelly Triple X.” Both of those cases against Kelly were settled out of court. How much did those women get? We don’t know because again there was an NDA.
In 2002, R. Kelly was charged with child pornography. Twenty-one counts of making child pornography, including intercourse, oral sex , urination, and other sexual acts. Those acts were videotaped, and there was a minor on those video
tapes. Now that minor, if y’all recall, was the singer Sparkle’s niece, Reshona Lanfair who was 14 years old at that time. That tape happened to fall in the hands of someone who delivered it to the Chicago Sun Times, which was later turned over to the FBI. And although the 14-year-old on the tape was identified by such people as her peers, her teachers, and coaches, the family refused to testify that the girl in the video was their child. Along with that, the parents of the 14-year-old had also permitted her not to testify against R. Kelly, which is how he escaped those charges.
That trial took about 6 years before the singer was acquitted on all charges. But in the meantime, and between, that’s when R. Kelly came out with all those “Trapped in The Closet” records. Do y’all remember that? All those “Trapped in The Closet” records. He was nominated by NAACP during that time. And also, during that time people were speculating about his sexuality. It was around that time where allegedly, people were claiming that he was bisexual and having sex with both young boys and young girls.
But after winning the case involving the 14-year-old girl, in 2002 – 2004 there were more charges. Another twelve counts of making child pornography, this time in Florida. Police came in, and seized his camera equipment, video tapes, and they found images of him having sex with another underage girl. Those charges were soon dropped when R. Kelly’s defense team were able to convince the Judge that the police didn’t have enough sufficient evidence to justify that search and seizure.
Now some of y’all might have forgotten. But around 2017 it was said that R. Kelly had a sex cult. And remember the records, “Trapped in The Closet” some of the women were claiming that he was keeping them “trapped” in a sex cult. Again, more controlling accusations, of not allowing them to eat, sleep, use the restroom, shower, bathe, leave the house, nothing without his permission. They were trapped.
And a little while after that is when we started hearing accusations from parents saying that the singer was keeping their daughter’s hostage. I’ll never forget seeing 21-year-old Jocelyn Savage in the TMZ video. Unlike the other accusers, Savage had denied being kept held or trapped against her will or being brainwashed by the singer. But as you can also recall, Savage had refused to say where R. Kelly was keeping her, nor go into details about her relationship with the singer.
Moving right along. 2017 – 2018 that’s when some of the accuser’s decided to go to the press. Such as Jerhonda Pace and Kitti Jones. Now Jerhonda Pace, she had broken an NDA to speak about her relationship with R. Kelly when she was underage. Kitti Jones claimed that he starved her, coerced her into having sexual encounters with other women and physically abused her. That also came out in the Lifetime “Surviving R. Kelly” series. And again R. Kelly denied any of those allegations.
2018 was also when the #MuteRKelly movement started. That worldwide movement was created to financially boycott, or "mute" R&B singer, Robert "R" Kelly, due to his 25-year history of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse allegations. And what did R. Kelly have to say regarding that movement that made some fans refuse to step in the name of love anymore to any of his tunes. “Only God can mute me,” is what he sang. “Am I supposed to go to jail or lose my career because of your opinion,” is what he sang.
Moving right along. In 2019 more allegations and new charges, which brought to the light, how some believed that R. Kelly was enabled and entitled by everyone around him. From security guards, bodyguards, road managers etc. Even one of his tour managers, Demetrius Smith said, “It was just what it was. Whatever he wanted that’s what we did. What he wanted was what we were supposed to give him.” That “Surviving R. Kelly” series led to the singer being dropped from his record company, and cancellation of upcoming concerts.
In February of 2019, celebrity lawyer, Michael Avenatti received a video showing R. Kelly having sex with a 14-year-old girl. Which resulted in him being charged in Chicago with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. And again, he pleads not guilty. Now I know you guys cannot forget the interview that he did with Gayle King. And how he blew up, started crying and screaming while Gayle King sat there real professional trying to calm him down. Prosecutors after that filed an additional eleven charges of sexual assault and abuse against a minor between the age of 13 and 16. The charges described and alleges use of force or threats of force with sex and oral sex with a minor. Jerhonda Pace was the accuser relating to those charges. And as yall might remember, Jerhonda Pace was the young girl who had met him during the singer’s 2008 trial. She had skipped school to sit throughout his trial every day without her parents’ knowledge.
Pace was only 15 years old at that time and was a huge fan of the star. She would be outside of the courthouse picketing and protesting against his charges with other Kelly fans. Pace proceeded to attend each one of his trial dates until he was acquitted. A year after that was when she claims to have lost her virginity to R. Kelly. Pace also claims how R. Kelly had a trainer. This trainer was a woman who would teach the girls how to treat him and how to treat him sexually. Pace had also mentioned that on a daytime talk show, how the trainer would teach her everything that she needed to know. And again, Pace was only 16 years old when the singer started having sex with her.
Being a huge fan, Pace, admitted to being willing to do whatever pleased him. Including allowing him to control every aspect of her life. And like some of the other accuser’s stated, “If you didn’t follow his rules, there was a price to pay.” Pace like so many others, was not allowed to eat, sleep, use the restroom, shower, bathe, leave the house, nothing without his permission. Nor use the phone to call or check in with her family without permission. In Pace’s situation, she had to lie to get away from him. One day she told R. Kelly that she needed to pick up a pair of shoes from her uncle who lived a few houses away. The shoes and the uncle were what the singer was referring to in the interview with Gayle King. R. Kelly gave her permission to get the shoes, but to also come right back. But she did not. Pace left everything behind, except for her cell phone. And ran away, called for help, and never looked back.
And here we are today with the R. Kelly trial quickly approaching. And you know that Da Hood Table will be going live throughout the trial. We will be discussing it with you guys and get your opinion on everything that will be going on pertaining to the trial. And on that note, everybody please like and share the video. And subscribe to our YouTube channel if you have not already subscribed. Thank you!
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