R Kelly selects starting jury based on trial correction charges

Jury selection began Monday at the federal trial of R&B singer R Kelly in his hometown of Chicago.

e faces charges that he rigged his 2008 state child pornography trial by threatening and paying a girl he claimed to have filmed himself having sex. sex when he was about 30 years old and she was no more than 14 years old.

Jurors acquitted Kelly of all charges in that 2008 trial, some of whom later said they felt they had no choice because the girl presented no evidence.

The woman, now in her 30s and referred to only on file as Minor 1, will be the government’s main witness in the upcoming federal trial.

Kelly, 55, in Chicago federal court was sentenced to 30 years in prison by a New York federal judge for a 2021 sentence on charges he used his reputation to sexually abuse young fans other age.

Kelly, wearing a light gray suit and tie, sat next to attorney Jennifer Bonjean as the trial began.


R Kelly performing in Los Angeles in 2013 (Frank Micelotta / Invision / AP)

Bonjean introduced himself, Kelly and the other attorneys representing him. Kelly wore a mask, as did everyone in court due to coronavirus precautions.

Before at least two dozen potential jurors were brought in, the judge said he hoped to pick 12 jurors and six replacements by Monday and Tuesday.

After a jury is selected, the panel will hear opening statements from prosecutors and defense counsel before the first witness is called.

Kelly, who rose from poverty on Chicago’s South Side to become a star singer, songwriter and producer, faces multiple charges in federal court.

They include four counts of soliciting a minor to have sex – one for each of the other four accusers. They must also give evidence.

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Before potential jurors were introduced, Bonjean asked the judge to exclude anyone who had seen the documentary Surviving R Kelly, which revisits old charges against Kelly and highlights those new tying.

An estimated 12.8 million people watched the six-part series that premiered in January 2019.

The judge denied that suggestion but said jurors would be questioned about the program

The Chicago sentencing could add decades to Kelly’s New York sentence, which he is appealing. With only a New York sentence, Kelly will be around 80 before qualifying for early release.

Two of Kelly’s associates, Derrel McDavid and Milton Brown, were co-defendants at the Chicago trial.

McDavid is accused of helping Kelly fix the 2008 trial, while Brown is accused of receiving child pornography. Like Kelly, they have also denied any wrongdoing.

Two state cases are also still pending. One was a repeated sexual abuse case from the Cook County Court in Chicago. The other is a referendum case in Minnesota. No trial dates have been set for either.

Minor 1 is expected to testify that she videotaped sex with Kelly.

The recording was at the heart of the month-long trial in 2008 and was played to jurors almost every day.

Minor 1 first met Kelly in the late 1990s when she was in middle school.

She followed Kelly’s recording studio in Chicago with her aunt, a professional singer who worked with Kelly.

Soon after, Minor 1 told her parents Kelly would become her godfather.

Prosecutors say Kelly then threatened and tried to repay Minor 1 and her parents so they wouldn’t testify at the 2008 trial. None of them did.

The double danger rules forbid prosecuting someone for similar crimes for which they were previously acquitted.

That doesn’t apply to the Chicago federal trial because prosecutors are charging various charges related to Minor 1, including obstruction of justice.

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