Prosecutors Want To Include More Brain-Melting Abuse Allegations In R. Kelly’s Upcoming Trial
As corroded Madball from the Ninth Circle, Harvey Weinstein, faces new sexual assault charges in Los Angeles, his alleged fellow predator, R. Kelly, has been hit with more horrible allegations that’ll make you reach for the desktop file marked: Palate-Cleansing Puppy Videos. CNN says that prosecutors filed documents on Friday, asking the court to let them include more evidence of bribery and sexual abuse in R. Kelly’s sex trafficking trial, which will begin next month in Brooklyn. The new evidence includes allegations that R. Kelly sexually abused a 17-year-old boy he met at a McDonald’s in Chicago in 2006. Well, if I had to tag myself in the court sketch above, I’d either be the judge’s barfy oh no face or the woman with the point-free exclamation brows who is looking down like, “Not this again…”
Like Harvey Weinstein and his “woe is the convicted rapist” act, R. Kelly has been trying to throw some disruption into his upcoming case. His lawyers asked to postpone his trial, claiming that because he was transferred from a jailhouse in Chicago to a jailhouse in New York, he had to quarantine for 14 days and they couldn’t meet with him. R. Kelly has also been trying to get released from jail by saying that he’s in danger after he got his ass whooped by another inmate (“Um, and?” said everyone). R. Kelly is still in jail but his lawyers were able to get his trial postponed a bit. The trial is scheduled to start on August 18. And ahead of his trial, prosecutors asked the judge for permission to include evidence they say further supports the racketeering and sex trafficking charges against him.
One of the pieces of evidence that prosecutors would like to bring up in court is the claim that R. Kelly bribed a state worker into creating a fake ID to make a 15-year-old Aaliyah look like she was really 18. R. Kelly, who was 27 at the time, used that fraudulent ID to marry Aaliyah on August 31, 1994. That marriage was later annulled. Prosecutors also have more recent evidence of R. Kelly’s alleged bribing ways. They have a recording from a February 2019 phone conversation between R. Kelly and a “crisis manager” he hired. Yes, a crisis manager. I don’t even think Olivia Pope on steroids could fix that fucking crisis. But during the conversation, R. Kelly tells the crisis manager to find out how much it’ll take to pay off a bailiff and the crisis manager also admitted to paying off an official to get a burner phone. via CNN:
Prosecutors allege that in the recorded conversation, Kelly asks the manager to find out “what I should tip the bailiff.” Prosecutors say later in the conversation the manager told Kelly he paid a clerk in Cook County, Illinois, $2,500 to obtain a “burner” telephone so the manager could obtain information about the singer’s legal trouble. “That’s done … you don’t know nothing,” prosecutors said the manager told Kelly on the call. “Exactly,” Kelly allegedly responds.
On top of that, prosecutors say that a woman is willing to testify against R. Kelly and claim that he told her to search the internet for child porn involving boys, and an authorized search on R. Kelly’s dark-sided computer confirms that. And prosecutors say they also have proof that R. Kelly used a stereotypical music industry creep line on an underage boy he met at McDonald’s and later abused. via Page Sic (typo and it stays):
The filing alleges that in 2006, Kelly sexually abused a 17-year-old boy, named only as John Doe #1, after meeting him at a McDonalds in Chicago and asking “what he was willing to do to succeed in the music business.”
According to the court docs, the boy introduced Kelly to a close male pal who was 16 or 17. Several years later, Kelly allegedly started a sexual relationship with that person, John Doe #2, and forced several of his girlfriends at the time to have sex with the young man while he filmed.
R. Kelly, of course, pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and claims he’s innocent. If a jury finds 54-year-old R. Kelly guilty of all charges, he could be sent to prison for up to 20 years. And he’s still got to deal with his charges in Minnesota and Illinois.
This isn’t the first time that some R. Kelly news has probably made McDonald’s marketing team say, “We’re NOT lovin’ it.” When he was bailed out of jail in 2019, he celebrated by going to McDonald’s. So it looks like the McHotDog and Ronald McDonald are no longer the grossest and scariest things tied to McDonald’s.
Pic: AP/Jane Rosenberg