Diana Copeland, a longtime govt assistant for R. Kelly, spoke about working for the singer and the strict insurance policies he positioned on these residing in his orbit in an interview on Good Morning America Friday, September seventeenth.
Copeland, who testified at Kelly’s trial earlier this week, said that she by no means witnessed any of the alleged abuse Kelly is accused of. “[I] by no means witnessed one thing underneath … round underage girls,” she stated. “Now, I did come and go, so I imply, I wish to ensure that I’m clear that my expertise doesn’t negate anyone else’s expertise.”
Kelly is at present dealing with a number of costs, together with racketeering, intercourse trafficking, intercourse with minors, intercourse abuse, and bribery. He has pleaded not responsible to all costs and denied all accusations towards him.
Copeland was beforehand named in a civil criticism towards Kelly that was filed in 2018 and continues to be pending. The accuser claimed that Kelly would lock her rooms and enlist Copeland to face guard. Each Kelly and Copeland have denied the accusations.
Copeland labored for Kelly semi-regularly for about 16 years, saying she largely oversaw his property, managing housekeepers, nannies, and dealing with different family work. Copeland additionally spoke about how Kelly usually had a number of live-in girlfriends, whereas different girls would often go to his dwelling as effectively. Whereas a number of witnesses have testified that Kelly flew them to his dwelling once they have been underage, Copeland stated not one of the girls she noticed round Kelly have been minors, and she or he knew their ages as a result of she was making the journey preparations.
“They ranged in ages,” Copeland stated of the ladies. “Nobody underneath 18. In truth, when this case got here up, I’m studying that girls are locked up and kidnapped, and issues of that nature. And that’s not what I’m seeing. I’m not seeing anyone that’s attempting to go away or any locked doorways. Each lady that’s left has walked proper out the door.”
These residing with Kelly have been topic to strict guidelines, Copeland stated (related claims have been made throughout Kelly’s trial up to now, too). “In these properties, there was like, a sure decorum that was anticipated,” Copeland stated. “He just about didn’t need, not simply the ladies to maneuver round, however he didn’t need anyone to have the ability to simply roam his home like a museum.”
Copeland touched on Kelly’s ostensible guidelines prohibiting these girls from speaking to different males, which she was additionally requested about whereas testifying. Noting that, typically on procuring journeys, the ladies would “ask me to work together with the males,” Copeland added that she couldn’t particularly say whether or not or not Kelly had ordered the ladies to not communicate to the lads, however added: “I might say which you can just about surmise that was in all probability the case.”
Copeland, nevertheless, declined to say outright whether or not she believed the ladies have been afraid of Kelly and breaking his guidelines. She additionally said that Kelly’s guidelines didn’t elevate any pink flags, saying she largely knew “Robert the household man, the businessman. However his private life is Robert’s private life. So, my job stops on the threshold of his bed room door.”
On the finish of the interview, when requested if she would have achieved something in another way throughout her time working for Kelly, Copeland stated, “Wanting again, I believe that I might have achieved issues the identical means I did. I don’t suppose that something that I did was unsuitable, and I additionally don’t suppose that something I might have achieved would have modified what Robert did.”
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