On the eighth day of Mr. Kelly’s trial, a man and woman both testified that they were underage when they met the singer; the woman, now 44, described being raped.
The man, who testified under the pseudonym Louis, told jurors that when he was a 17-year-old aspiring hip-hop artist, Mr. Kelly began making sexual advances on him, promising to help his career if he engaged in sex acts.
Until Monday, all of the accusers to testify against Mr. Kelly had been women, mirroring many of the high-profile trials that have been at the center of the Me Too movement. But Louis, like the four women to testify before him, told jurors that he was underage during a sexual encounter with Mr. Kelly.
The singer, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, has denied the accusations and pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, which include a single count of racketeering and eight counts of violating an interstate anti-sex trafficking law known as the Mann Act.
Federal prosecutors have accused Mr. Kelly, 54, of running a decades-long criminal plot that used his fame and a network of associates and employees to prey on women and girls for sex. Mr. Kelly is not charged with rape or sexual assault, and many of the accusations against him fall outside the statute of limitations for those crimes. But the racketeering indictment allows prosecutors to present evidence of any potential crimes related to the charge, regardless of when they occurred.
Robert Sylvester Kelly is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He has been credited with helping to redefine R&B and hip hop, earning nicknames such as “the King of R&B”, “the King of Pop-Soul”, and the “Pied Piper of R&B”.