R. Kelly trial update: Prosecutors expect wrap up case, 4th alleged victim testifies

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Tuesday, August 30, 2022
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Prosecutors wrapped up their case at the Dirksen Federal Building in R. Kelly's conspiracy and child pornography trial on Tuesday.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The trial against R. Kelly is in its third week at the Dirksen Federal Building and on Tuesday, federal prosecutors rested.

The burden is on the government to prove its case to the jurors.

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In ten days of testimony, jurors heard from four women, all alleging they had sexual encounters with Kelly with they were minors years ago, and that some of the counters, Kelly recorded.

The last of the women called by federal prosecutors was a women using a fake name of "Nia." She testified she was an R. Kelly fan at 15 years old, and that the R&B star included her in his sexual activity while he was on tour and at a Chicago recording studio.

Kelly is accused of creating child pornography and trying to derail prosecution when he was charged in Cook County. Kelly was acquitted in that case in 2008, when some of the witnesses in this federal trial refused to cooperate then with Cook County prosecutors.

Kelly was convicted in a New York court room for racketeering and sex trafficking.

Kelly's attorney and his co-defendants' attorneys have questioned the credibility of the women who testified and other witnesses, who have immunity deals with federal prosecutors.

The defense is expected to begin calling witnesses on Thursday.

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