The defense for R. Kelly rested its case Wednesday in the singer’s federal trial in Brooklyn with Kelly opting to not take the stand
Singer opts to not take the stand in his own defense, avoiding prosecutors’ cross-examination
In this illustration drawn from a video feed, R. Kelly, right, stands and responds to Judge Ann Donnelly's question whether or not he has decided to take the stand in his own defense, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, in New York.Elizabeth Williams/APR. Kelly
rested its case Wednesday in the singer’s federal trial on racketeering charges in Brooklyn, with Kelly’s lawyers calling only five witnesses to the stand over the three-day-long defense.However, Kelly opted to not testify in his own defense, avoiding the prosecutors’ cross-examination. According to the
Chicago Tribune, After the defense called its fifth and final witness, U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly asked Kelly, “You don’t want to testify, correct?” Kelly responded, “Yes, ma’am.”Kelly’s lawyers previously stated that it was unlikely that the singer would take the stand; Wednesday’s announcement confirmed the decision. headtopics.com
The defense’s final witness was Julius Darrington, a music executive who began working with Kelly in 2016. Darrington testified that he never witnessed Kelly’s “girlfriends” being “locked up” in the singer’s studios, Kelly being physical with any of the women or even see any of the women crying.
However, on cross-examination, prosecutors got Darrington to admit that he was never present during Kelly’s “sexual activity,” nor did he spend any time with the singer behind closed doors. Darrington also testified that he considered Kelly a “friend” who helped him break into the music industry.
The defense’s previous witnesses –when they actually showed up at the trial– similarly testified that they never saw Kelly being untoward or physical with the women; by contrast, the prosecution presented more than 40 witnesses in total, including 11 victims of alleged abuse, six of whom claimed they were underage at the time the abuse is said to have taken place.
Closing arguments began in the trial following a lunch break Wednesday, with the jury expected to begin deliberating the case on Thursday. Read more: Rolling Stone »
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After a Brief, Spotty Defense, R. Kelly Is Left to Await His FateBefore closing statements in the singer’s federal racketeering trial—expected to begin on Wednesday—the defense rested a case that encapsulated the confusions surrounding five weeks of testimony.
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