Disgraced R&B star R. Kelly is nothing but “a sexual predator” who used his fame to prey on underage girls, federal prosecutors argued at the singer’s child pornography trial Monday.
Speaking during closing arguments at the fallen idol’s month-long trial in Chicago, prosecutors cited graphic videos of Kelly abusing his 14-year-old goddaughter — who previously gave damning testimony against him under the name “Jane.”
“That child, who had no prior sexual experiences in her life, was forced to lay on that floor while that man sitting right over there urinated on her,” Assistant US Attorney Elizabeth Pozolo told jurors. “That degrading act is forever captured on that video. That abuse is forever memorialized.
“We are here today because those tapes that they concealed for 20 years are no longer their secret,” Pozolo said. “You have seen the tapes. You have seen what Kelly did to Jane.”
Kelly, 55, and his former business manager, Derrell McDavid, are charged with conspiracy for allegedly undermining the state case against Kelly at a 2008 trial, which ended with the pop star being acquitted, the Chicago Tribune reported. They also face child pornography charges.
The “I Believe I Can Fly” singer and McDavid threatened women and concealed video evidence at the earlier trial to cover up the fact that “R. Kelly … the R&B superstar … is actually a sexual predator,” Pozolo said.
The two scrambled to recover tapes that would have exposed Kelly as a sexual abuser and the Grammy winner was prepared to make six- and seven-figure payments to get them back, the prosecutor said.
“The secret that would ruin Kelly forever if it came out,” she told the jury. “So yes, that secret was worth $1 million.”
The “Ignition” singer is already serving a 30-year sentence after he was convicted in Brooklyn in June of sexually abusing minor girls and boys over several decades.
The trial in Chicago, Kelly’s hometown, wrapped up Friday.
With Post wires
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