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R. Kelly Accused Of Abusing Teenage Boy He Met In McDonald's

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R. Kelly Accused Of Abusing Teenage Boy He Met In McDonald's

US prosecutors in R. Kelly's sex trafficking case claim that he had sexual contact with an under-age boy after meeting him at a McDonald's.

Federal prosecutors aired a wide-ranging raft of additional allegations - but not new charges - against the R&B star in a court filing on Friday.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Jury selection is due to start on 9 August in a New York federal court, while Kelly denies ever abusing anyone.

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The Grammy Award-winning singer is charged with leading what prosecutors call a criminal enterprise of managers, bodyguards and other employees who allegedly helped him recruit women and girls for sex and pornography, and to exercise a lot of control over them.

The charges involve six different women and girls, who are not named in court filings.

Now, prosecutors would also like jurors to hear about more than a dozen other people whom the government alleges that Kelly sexually or physically abused, threatened or otherwise mistreated.

R. Kelly appears during a 2019 hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. Credit: PA
R. Kelly appears during a 2019 hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. Credit: PA
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Among them, the government says, was a 17-year-old boy and aspiring musician who Kelly met at a McDonald's in December 2006.

According to the prosecutors' court filing, after asking the boy what he would do to make it in the music business, Kelly propositioned and had sexual contact with him while he was still underage.

In addition to this, when Kelly was about to go on trial on child pornography charges in Chicago in 2008, the same youth allegedly told the singer he had access to a juror, with Kelly asked the youth to contact the juror and vouch he was a 'good guy', prosecutors wrote.

The filing does not say whether the youth did so and Kelly was acquitted in that case.

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R. Kelly arriving at the Leighton Criminal Court in 2019 for arraignment on sex-related charges. Credit: PA
R. Kelly arriving at the Leighton Criminal Court in 2019 for arraignment on sex-related charges. Credit: PA

The boy also introduced Kelly to a 16- or 17-year-old male friend, with whom prosecutors say the singer began a sexual relationship several years later.

Kelly also filmed the two youths in sexual encounters with other people, including some of Kelly's girlfriends, according to the filing.

Prosecutors wrote that the accounts of the boys and others would help show that the actual charges 'were not isolated events and were part of a larger pattern'.

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The multiplatinum-selling singer, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, is known for work including the 1996 hit 'I Believe I Can Fly' and the cult classic 'Trapped In The Closet', a multi-part tale of sexual betrayal and intrigue.

Kelly's sex life has drawn scrutiny since the 1990s, and he currently is also facing sex-related charges in Illinois and Minnesota. He has pleaded not guilty.

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Topics: Celebrity, News, Music, R Kelly

Rebecca Shepherd
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