R. Kelly’s alleged underage sexual assault victim, known under the pseudonym Jane and central to his child pornography federal trial in Chicago, was heard apologizing to her alleged abuser multiple times in more than one videotape clip submitted as evidence by the prosecution on Friday.
The graphic videotapes were shown to jurors on Friday at Dirksen U.S. Courthouse, where the tape — featuring clips from three different videos — was not seen by the public or media. Instead, audio was heard in the courthouse.
Kelly facing multiple charges is of coercing five minors into sex acts, and several charges related to producing child pornography. He and co-defendants Derrel McDavid and Milton Brown are also charged with receiving child pornography as part of an alleged effort to recover missing tapes that allegedly show Kelly engaged in sex acts with minors.
Additionally, Kelly and McDavid are facing obstruction of justice charges tied to allegations that they paid off people who knew about Kelly’s alleged abuse, and tried to impede the 2008 child pornography investigation into Kelly. All three men have pleaded not guilty.
Jane, who was Kelly’s goddaughter, identified herself as the person on the tapes shown on Friday, and said she was 14 years old when they were filmed. On Friday, Jane’s youthful-sounding voice could be heard on the tapes referring to her “14-year-old” body, including her breasts and other genitalia, during several points while some 17 clips from three separate videotapes were presented in court.
Kelly could be heard affirming her age in some of the clips.