R. Kelly’s former goddaughter gave damning testimony about the R&B legend in court on Thursday — claiming he had sex with her “hundreds of times” when she was a minor and forced her to pose as a prostitute to shut her up.
The now-37-year-old woman, known only as “Jane,” described how Kelly videotaped himself having oral sex with her at his home in Chicago when she was 14 years old, during the fourth day of the singer’s federal child pornography trial .
She said the disgraced singer gave her Champagne, instructed her to refer to her genitalia as “14 years old” then urinated on her, according to the Chicago Tribune.
In another video from around the time, Kelly was shown handing her money before having sex with her in his wood-paneled jacuzzi room, she testified.
Asked by a prosecutor why the superstar had given her cash, Jane burst into tears on the stand.
“Because if anybody saw the tape or if it was released for some reason he would say I was a prostitute,” she said.
Jane testified that the Grammy-winning star had sex with her “innumerable times” after that, sometimes along with other teenage girls whom Kelly requested that she recruit.
Two of the other minor victims are expected to testify against Kelly later in the trial. Jurors are also expected to be shown video footage of the star having sex with minors.
Prosecutors have alleged that the singer paid off Jane and her family so she wouldn’t testify in his 2008 child pornography trial. He was ultimately acquitted in that case.
Kelly, 55, now faces a 13-count federal indictment, including charges for child pornography and obstruction of justice.
He was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison in June after his conviction in Brooklyn federal court on nine counts, including racketeering and violations of the Mann Act.
A host of victims testified at the 2021 trial, where prosecutors painted Kelly as a “predator” who preyed on his young fans and sexually abused them for decades.