Robert Sylvester Kelly, has been on trial since August 18 for directing a scheme against young women.
A woman testified in R. Kelly’s sexual assault trial on Friday, which settled for $ 200,000 with the R&B singer after he passed herpes on to her.
Prosecutors have been trying to show jurors in Brooklyn federal court that Kelly was careless with the alleged victims of his sexual practices.
Kelly, 54, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, has been on trial since Aug. 18 for directing an alleged decade-long organized crime scheme targeting women and girls for sex, with the help of employees. and assistants. He has pleaded not guilty.
The woman, who identified herself as Kate and said she was 27 when she met Kelly, told Assistant United States Attorney Elizabeth Geddes that she contracted herpes in 2001, and that Kelly was silent when she accused him.
Kate said she settled in with Kelly in 2004 and the herpes diagnosis “greatly affected” her ability to form future relationships.
Kelly’s attorney, Deveraux Cannick, used his cross-examination to undermine earlier testimony that Kelly required his girlfriends to follow strict rules.
These rules have included needing Kelly’s permission to go to the bathroom, looking away from other men and not talking about Kelly in her absence, multiple witnesses have testified.
Kate told Cannick that Kelly behaved differently around her, letting her go to the bathroom when she wanted and not making her wait for him for long periods. He also said it helped him write the lyrics for the songs.
Kelly was charged with nine counts describing his alleged mistreatment of six women and girls, including the late singer Aaliyah.
Kate is not one of those women and girls, but she is among other Kelly accusers who testify for prosecutors.
Known for songs like “I Believe I Can Fly” and “Bump N ‘Grind,” Kelly has faced allegations of sexual abuse for nearly two decades.
Scrutiny grew amid the #MeToo movement and after the January 2019 Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly.”
The singer also faces sex-related charges in Illinois and Minnesota. He has been incarcerated for more than two years.