NEW YORK (AP) – Prosecutors R. Kelly moved closer on Friday to the conclusion of his case in the sex-trafficking trial, calling two final witnesses to try to corroborate the allegations he framed young victims for unwanted sex in a 1990s episode .
One witness was a former assistant to the R&B singer, who echoed the testimony of other former employees, describing his sweet demeanor and the control he had over everyone around him.
The second was an expert witness on abusive relationships, who is to return to the witness stand for cross-examination on Monday before the government relaxes him.
The expert, psychologist Don Hughes, testified about studies showing that many abusers systematically isolate, humiliate, subjugate, and spy on their victims as a means of control – allegedly used by Kelly. All the strategies to be taken. In general, Hughes said, it’s not unusual for powerful people like Kelly to be surrounded by underlings who “knew about it and did nothing.”
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With potential arguments closing before the end of the week in the New York City trial that began on Aug. 18, the defense was expected to begin its case no later than Monday.
The 54-year-old defendant, who is born Robert Sylvester Kelly, has pleaded not guilty to racketeering charges, accusing him of running a Chicago-based enterprise of managers, bodyguards and other employees who made him kill his victims. Helped with recruiting and transportation. That alleged visit violated the Mann Act, which makes it illegal to transport anyone across state lines for the purpose of sexual exploitation.
The Grammy-winning artist has vehemently denied the allegations, claiming that the women were the group that wanted to take advantage of his fame and fortune until the #MeToo movement turned them against him.
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