R.Kelly’s graphic videos played in court on Friday
August 20, 2022
A graphic videotape of R.Kelly and an underage sexual assault victim was played to jurors on Friday at Dirksen U.S. Courthouse, where the tape — featuring clips from three different videos.
On Thursday, Jane, who was Kelly’s goddaughter, identified herself as the person on the tapes shown on Friday and said she was 14 years old when they were filmed.
Jane was heard referring to her 14year-old body and Kelly affirming it. At some point, she was heard apologizing to the R&B singer several times as the tapes played. In one clip, Jane is instructed by what appears to be Kelly to turn around and “get on her knees.” “Daddy, do you still love me?” she is heard to be asking. In another clip she is told “don’t move” and that “I’ll hit you really hard on your ass.”
In 2000, Jane had denied being abused by Kelly, with her parents backing up that claim. Prosecutors have alleged that Kelly and his associates paid off Jane and her family to cover up the videotapes.
According to Jane, the tapes were filmed when she was 14 years old and she said the sexual acts took place at Kelly’s then-home, his recording studios, on tour buses, and at hotels.