R. Kelly trial: Woman says singer pressured her to have abortion

A second accuser took the stand at R. Kelly’s sex-trafficking trial on Monday, testifying that the star abused her, knowingly infected her with herpes and ordered her to have an abortion.

The woman, identified as Jane Doe No 5, said her five-year relationship with Mr Kelly began in 2014, when she was 17.

She alleged that the singer sought to control every detail of her life and would punish her if she did not comply.

Mr Kelly, 54, has denied the allegations against him.

His lawyers have portrayed his accusers as groupies out for revenge after their relationships with the R&B singer faded.

The anonymous woman, now 23, testified that she had met the singer, whose real name is Robert Kelly, when he invited her to his hotel room after a gig in Orlando, Florida.

She had hoped to audition for him, but the star would not let her proceed until he performed a sex act on her.

“I just wanted to sing,” she told the court. “I genuinely wanted his input.”

Mr Kelly continued to pressure her, saying he would “take care of me for life” if she acquiesced, she said. The woman, who told Kelly she was 18, eventually relented.

After their first encounter, she said they began a relationship and Kelly invariably videotaped their sexual encounters.

Mr Kelly made her adhere to a strict set of rules, she claimed. If she did not obey, the singer “chastised” her – sometimes spanking her hard enough to make her “skin tear”, she told jurors.

The physical abuse occurred “nearly every two to three days”, she said, her voice breaking with emotion.

When she finally told Mr Kelly she was under age, he slapped her but allowed her to remain in his life, she added.

BBC