He also described his and other employees’ attempts to procure women for Mr. Kelly by passing out the signer’s phone number so often, he said, that sometimes they typed and printed the digits in bulk. (All three accusers have testified that they received pieces of paper with Mr. Kelly’s phone number on them — either directly from the singer or from a member of his entourage, at locations including a concert in Florida and a McDonald’s restaurant in Chicago.)
Earlier in the week, Demetrius Smith, a manager who worked with Mr. Kelly at the start of his career and who helped orchestrate the singer’s marriage to the singer Aaliyah, told the jury that he had felt pressured to help Mr. Kelly secure the fake identification documents necessary for Aaliyah to be registered as his wife at age 15.
A second accuser said she was underage when R. Kelly had sex with her
She was 17 in the spring of 2015, the woman testified this week, when she was alone with Mr. Kelly in a hotel room for what she hoped would be a singing audition. But Mr. Kelly, who was in his 40s at the time, was more interested in sex, she said.
Over a subsequent period of more than four years, the woman, who testified under a pseudonym, said she had endured mental and physical abuse at the hands of Mr. Kelly, who frequently doled out punishments, including making her have sex with someone she did not know while he watched and beating her with a size 12 Nike sneaker. He restricted her access to her parents, who had signed a document allowing her to move to Chicago under the protection of a woman in the singer’s entourage, she said; he monitored her texts and calls.
After the release of the “Surviving R. Kelly” documentary, she said, Mr. Kelly asked her and another woman to give an interview in his favor. Mr. Kelly had them rehearse answers to potential questions, she said, noting that those answers had not been truthful.
When she spoke to Gayle King in March 2019, Mr. Kelly was an intimidating presence in the room, she said. Less than a year after that interview, the woman met with prosecutors for the first time.
The accuser said R. Kelly had pressured her into an abortion
Several years into her time with Mr. Kelly, which had begun when she was a junior in high school, the young woman found out she was pregnant.