'R. Kelly forced all his girlfriends to write fake letters denying they were sexually abused,' alleged victim testifies

'R. Kelly forced all his girlfriends to write fake letters denying they were sexually abused,' alleged victim testifies



A woman has testified that R&B hitmaker R. Kelly’s forced her and his other girlfriends to write fake blackmail letters denying allegations of abuse in order to protect himself from possible legal troubles.



The witness, testifying as a “Jane Doe” in federal court in Brooklyn, made the claims on Wednesday, August 25, at his New York City trial.



'As insurance and a way to make sure these women wouldn't talk, [Kelly] created and collected collateral. He made them create embarrassing videos and false letters,' Assistant U.S. Attorney Maria Cruz Melendez said during her opening remarks at Kelly's ongoing sex abuse trial in federal court in Brooklyn on Wednesday, the Daily News reported.



'The defendant would tell us exactly what to say,' the accuser, known on the witness stand as Jane Doe 5, testified.



Jane read excerpts from the letters aloud in court, one letter stated: 'I decided I would spank myself really hard until I had bruises.'



When asked by the prosecution Wednesday if she had ever spanked herself, Jane responded: 'Never.'



Jane, who has been on the witness stand since Monday, previously testified that Kelly, 54, would spank her in punishments he referred to as 'chastisings'.



Jane, who met Kelly at a music festival in Florida when she was 17, testified that the singer's lawyer told him to have 'every girlfriend write a letter' defending him after his 2008 child pornography trial.



'The defendant would have other girlfriends make me write these letters. He said they would go to his attorneys and they'd never see the light of day,' Jane, now 23, said.



The woman shared another letter with the court where Kelly told her to state she wanted to have sex and he only wanted to be friends.


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