(TargetLiberty.org) – The trial of R&B singer R Kelly took a new twist on Monday, when he was accused of trafficking a 17-year-old boy. It’s the latest in a string of shocking allegations that have emerged against Kelly as his trial runs into its third week.
On August 30, a man identified as “Louis” testified that in 2006, when he was 17, he met Kelly at the Chicago-area McDonald’s restaurant where he worked. He says the rapper offered to help him launch a musical career – but, instead, exploited him, and coerced him to have inappropriate relations with other people. “Louis” says his relationship with Kelly lasted right up to the singer’s arrest in 2019, and even beyond, finally ending when he decided to cooperate with prosecutors.
A man testified Monday at R. Kelly's trial, saying the singer lured him to his home and studio when he was 17 with promises of helping his music career but instead sexually abused him. https://t.co/0JkublaROU
— CNN (@CNN) August 31, 2021
In another bizarre twist, it turns out that “Louis” was arrested in August 2020 after trying to bribe a witness to withdraw evidence against Kelly. He pleaded guilty to that offense, and negotiated a deal that included testifying against the 54-year-old rapper.
Kelly has been indicted on 18 charges, including making adult content, child exploitation, kidnapping and obstruction of justice. Besides ”Louis,” he’s alleged to have abused multiple women.
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