Thursday, June 23, 2022

R. Kelly Sex Tape Victim Will Testify About Hush Money

Back in 2008 R. Kelly's former protégé, R&B singer Sparkle, testified in court that it was her 14-year-old niece in the infamous video at the heart of R. Kelly's first trial [click here if you missed that]. 

Now the victim is cooperating with the prosecution in R. Kelly's upcoming trial...

In court documents, the government said the alleged victim and her family were paid thousands to keep quiet. They were also booked a trip to leave the country when law enforcement was investigating. The father is a musician who worked with Kelly over the years.
The government said the alleged victim also provided false statements to a grand jury under pressure from Kelly.
Kelly also paid the alleged victim and her father money and gifts from 2000 to 2015 to keep them from talking. One present for the family included a GMC Yukon Denali SUV.
Prosecutors claim the alleged victim received monthly payments from Kelly from 2014 through 2015 to “conceal and cover up the existence of multiple videos depicting Kelly engaged in sexual contact and sexual acts” with the minor.
The alleged victim has been working with prosecutors and will take the stand. Her mother will also testify about Kelly’s long-term abuse of her daughter.
As first reported, the alleged victim featured in the video filed for bankruptcy right as Kelly’s recent legal troubles started and his money dried up.