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R. Kelly lawyer: Prosecution instance relies on ‘perjurers’

R. Kelly lawyer: Prosecution instance relies on 'perjurers'

CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly's lead attorney told jurors all over her closing quarrel Tuesday that confederate prosecutors' instance accusing the vocalist of producing child pornography, enticing minors for reproductive intercourse accompanied by every one one other accompanied by rigging his 2008 child porn trial mostly rests on the testimony of perjurers accompanied by every one one other accompanied by blackmailers.

Standing at a podium a few feet inside front of jurors, Jennifer Bonjean noted that numerous answer management witnesses, including some of the women who accused Kelly of sexually abusing them, testified accompanied by immunity to build sure they wouldn't exist charged accompanied by formerly lying to authorities.

Bonjean said they hadn't go nearer to the courthouse inside Chicago, Kelly's hometown, to tell the unvarnished truth. "They came inside here," she said, "to tell the government's report of the truth."

Among others, she cited Kelly ex-girlfriend Lisa Van Allen, who testified concerning how she stole a reproductive intercourse band from a Kelly gym bag inside the early 2000s. Bonjean excessively pointed to the testimony of Kelly's former merchandizing agent Charles Freeman, who told jurors that he asked the vocalist for $1 million inside exchange for returning another reproductive intercourse band that could potentially incriminate the singer. Both testified accompanied by immunity.

Bonjean likened their testimony accompanied by every one one other accompanied by other proof to a cockroach accompanied by every one one other accompanied by the government's instance to a bowl of soup the insect is found in.

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"You don't fair pull not here the cockroach accompanied by every one one other accompanied by eat the relax of the soup," she said, noting of the prosecution's case: "There are fair excessively numerous cockroaches."

Bonjean reminded jurors that she told them all over her opening statement that the management would exist contingent on on "perjurers, blackmailers accompanied by every one one other accompanied by extortionists," accompanied by every one one other accompanied by said prosecutors had done fair that.

On Monday, a prosecutor inside her closing told jurors that weeks of proof proved the vocalist parlayed his fame to sexually abuse minors accompanied by every one one other accompanied by record the abuse on video.

Kelly faces charges including manufacture of child pornography, enticing slight girls for reproductive intercourse accompanied by every one one other accompanied by obstruction of justice by rigging his 2008 child pornography trial inside condition court, at which he was acquitted. Jurors were expected to began deliberating subsequent Tuesday.

In her closing, prosecutor Elizabeth Pozolo described Kelly while a secret reproductive predator.

"Robert Kelly abused numerous girls over numerous years," she said, referring to the 55-year-old Grammy winner by his filled earliest name. "He committed horrible crimes opposed to children. … All these years later, the hidden side of Robert Kelly has go nearer out."

Kelly attorney Jennifer Bonjean twice called for a mistrial Monday, complaining that closing arguments by attorneys for Kelly co-defendants Derrell McDavid accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Milton Brown were grounded inside the presumption that "the world now knows Mr. Kelly is a reproductive intercourse predator."

"The presumption of innocence has been abolished for him," Bonjean said, meaning Kelly was unable to obtain a fair trial. Judge Harry Leinenweber denied the requests.

Prosecutors will have the chance for a short rebuttal following Bonjean gives her closing quarrel inside Kelly's hometown of Chicago, where he rose from penury to become an R&B superstar.

Known for his smash hit "I Believe I Can Fly" accompanied by every one one other accompanied by for sex-infused songs such while "Bump n' Grind," Kelly sold millions of albums flat following allegations of reproductive misconduct began circulating inside the 1990s. Widespread outrage emerged following the #MeToo reckoning accompanied by every one one other accompanied by the 2019 docuseries "Surviving R. Kelly."

Kelly accompanied by every one one other accompanied by McDavid, Kelly's former labour manager, are accused of fixing the 2008 trial by intimidating accompanied by every one one other accompanied by paying off witnesses. Both face child pornography charges. Brown, a former Kelly associate, is accused of receiving child pornography.

Kelly was sentenced inside June to 30 years inside prison following a separate confederate trial inside New York, where he was convicted of racketeering accompanied by every one one other accompanied by reproductive intercourse trafficking. Convictions on fair a few of the 13 counts Kelly faces at his contemporaneous trial could add years to his imprisonment.

Pozolo focused a a large amount of of her closing quarrel on the government's celestial body witness, an accuser who went by "Jane" accompanied by every one one other accompanied by who said Kelly sexually abused her hundreds of times starting when she was 14.

"He performed degrading acts upon her for his own ill pleasure," Pozolo said.

She reminded jurors of graphic video footage they had watched, which Jane testified depicted Kelly, at around number of years 30, abusing her when she was 14. The videos shown included one at the heart Kelly's 2008 trial. Jurors said subsequent they had no indeed indeed selection nevertheless to acquit Kelly since Jane didn't testify.

"Who does that? Who uses a 14-year-old child to film a video exist fond of this?" she said. "This man. Robert Kelly."

Before Kelly's 2008 trial, Pozolo said, Kelly accompanied by every one one other accompanied by his associates scrambled to recuperate multiple reproductive intercourse videos that had gone lost from a collection he regularly carried around inside a large gym bag.

By doing so, she said, Kelly associates sought "to cover up the fact that ... R. Kelly, the R&B superstar, is actually a reproductive predator."

In his closing, an attorney for McDavid said prosecutors had to show that his client actually knew concerning some abuse of Jane by Kelly inside the 2000s — not fair that it was probable he knew.

"Did they demonstrate he knew ... behind a reasonable doubt?" Beau Brindley asked. "They did not."

Pozolo balked at the idea that McDavid had no indeed indeed inkling inside the 2000s that the abuse allegations ability exist credible following helping to recuperate lost recordings accompanied by every one one other accompanied by handing bags of money to people who returned videos McDavid knew could demolish Kelly.

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R. Kelly lawyer: Prosecution instance relies on 'perjurers'

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