R. Kelly's fate in jury's hands in sex trafficking trial

A jury considering whether R. Kelly ran an illegal, decades-long racketeering scheme targeting women and underage girls for sex ended its first day of deliberations on Friday without reaching a verdict.

2021-09-25 12:45:00 PM

A jury considering whether R. Kelly ran an illegal, decades-long racketeering scheme targeting women and underage girls for sex ended its first day of deliberations on Friday without reaching a verdict on the R&B superstar.

A jury considering whether R. Kelly ran an illegal, decades-long racketeering scheme targeting women and underage girls for sex ended its first day of deliberations on Friday without reaching a verdict.

Kelly has pleaded not guilty. His lawyers have tried to portray his accusers as liars eager to cash in by denigrating the singer out of spite, because their relationships did not work out or Kelly was not a springboard for their careers.After deliberations began, jurors asked to review several pieces of evidence.

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This included testimony of a woman who said Kelly starved her of food and water while keeping her in a locked room for two days, and sexually assaulted her after letting her out.Such testimony was at odds with the portrayal of Kelly that the singer's lawyer Deveraux Cannick offered in his closing argument.

Cannick said on Thursday that Kelly treated those around him"like gold", and the lawyer invoked civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr in urging jurors to summon the courage to treat Kelly fairly.But in her rebuttal on Friday, before deliberations began, Assistant U.S. Attorney Nadia Shihata rejected the defense suggestion that Kelly's accusers were"groupies" or"gold diggers." headtopics.com

She also said topping the music charts and traveling the world did not give Kelly a license to break the law."Throughout this trial you have seen how the defendant is basically a control freak," Shihata said."The defendant is not the victim here."

The trial began on Aug. 18. Kelly did not testify in his own defense, which is his right.Even if he is acquitted, Kelly still faces federal charges in Chicago on child pornography and obstruction, and state charges in Illinois and Minnesota. Read more: Sowetan LIVE »

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