Prosecutors described R. Kelly as a “predator” who used his fame to groom minors for sex, as an accuser told the opening day of his much-anticipated New York trial on Wednesday that the disgraced R&B star used to slap her for violating his “rules.”
The Grammy-winning artist, wearing a gray suit, purple tie, and glasses, sat silently, his head down at times as the prosecution laid out a pattern of violent abuse inside the Brooklyn federal courtroom.
Assistant US Attorney Maria Cruz Melendez described Kelly as “a man who for decades used his fame, his popularity and a network of people at his disposal to target, groom and exploit young girls, boys, and women for his own sexual gratification.”
The 54-year-old is charged with racketeering, sexual exploitation of a child, kidnapping, bribery, and forced labor between 1994 and 2018.
He denies the charges but faces between 10 years and life in prison if…
Source: Guardian Newspaper