R Kelly: Man alleges singer sexually exploited him after asking ‘what he was willing to do for music’

R Kelly’s trial continues in Brooklyn

Clémence Michallon
New York City
Monday 30 August 2021 21:57
<p>R Kelly leaves the Leighton Criminal Courts Building on 26 June 2019 in Chicago, Illinois</p>

R Kelly leaves the Leighton Criminal Courts Building on 26 June 2019 in Chicago, Illinois

Leer en Español

A man has alleged that R Kelly sexually exploited him after asking “what [he] was willing to do for music”.

The man testified on Monday as part of R Kelly’s criminal trial in New York City.

Kelly has been charged with racketeering “predicated on criminal conduct including sexual exploitation of children, kidnapping, forced labor and Mann Act violations involving the coercion and transportation of women and girls in interstate commerce to engage in illegal sexual activity”.

After several days of testimony from women alleging they were groomed and sexually abused by Kelly, a man took the witness stand to say the R&B star allegedly exploited him in the same way when he was a high school student.

The witness told a jury Kelly allegedly lured him to his home in the Chicago area in 2007, with false offers of helping him with his fledgling music career.

Kelly allegedly asked what the man, then aged 17, “what I was willing to do for music”, the man told the court in Brooklyn. He said he replied, “I’ll carry your bags. ... Anything you need, I'll be willing to do.”

“That’s not it. That’s not it," the man alleged Kelly responded before asking him if he ever fantasized about having sex with men.

The man described how Kelly then allegedly “crawled down on his knees and proceeded to give me oral sex,” even though, “I wasn't into it”.

Afterward, “he told me to keep between him and me”, the man alleged.

In a later episode, Kelly “snapped his fingers three times” to summon a naked girl from where she was hiding under a boxing ring to give Kelly and the witness oral sex, the man alleged.

He kept seeing Kelly after that because “I really wanted to make it in the music industry”, he told the court.

Enjoy unlimited access to 70 million ad-free songs and podcasts with Amazon Music Sign up now for a 30-day free trial

Sign up

Kelly, 54, has pleaded not guilty and repeatedly denied accusations that he preyed on victims during a 30-year career.

If convicted on all counts, he faces 10 years to life imprisonment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged in