Prosecutors R. Much of the evidence used to convict Kelly came from the singer himself.
According to Ryan Chabot, the case’s principal federal investigator, he obsessively collected message slips and letters written by women he interacted with—some of them underage. Mr Chabot said he scoured evidence from multiple searches of the singer’s Chicago apartment and storage facility.
Mr. Kelly kept some of the evidence in a FedEx folder with labels such as “Old Messages” and other pieces – such as a seven-page, front and back, handwritten letter from a woman who testified three days before the trial – in a locked safe. in protective sleeve.
Calling Mr Kelly a “great man”, the woman wrote: “At 17 I never had sex with Robert Kelly,” then went on to tick off a list of specific sex acts she said that he had not participated in it. R&B superstar.
Less than two years later, when the woman who wrote the letter testified under a pseudonym, she said she had experienced coercion and recorded sexual encounters with the singer at the age of 17. He hit her frequently, she said, and forced her to have an abortion.
Every letter produced by prosecutors during the trial came from Mr. Kelly’s personal archive, which appeared to be a years-long attempt to build up his defense even before the indictment in Brooklyn. unsealed. All of them were signed by the accusers who were at the forefront of the case against the singer.
Those accusers now say they forced them to write the letter, which included a man who testified that the singer told him what to write “word for word”.
The material, known as “collateral”, makes it difficult for victims to escape, said Don M. Hughes, a clinical and forensic psychologist who provided expert testimony for the prosecution. (He also testified as an expert in the trial of Nxivm cult leader Keith Raniere, who relied on such collateral to abuse women.)
Making collateral keeps teens “captive,” she said, and creates a power dynamic that she compared to “slowly sucking oxygen out of the room and once you feel it, you can’t get out.”