A former employee of R. Kelly allegedly testified last Thursday (May 30) before a grand jury that the singer filmed multiple tapes of a sexual nature involving minors, as reported by TMZ. According to the news outlet’s sources, the ex-employee stated that they were in possession of said tapes, which have now been turned over to the Cook County state attorney’s office.
The former employee said that Kelly regularly shot videos of himself engaging in sexual acts with underage girls to keep as “trophies.” The accused sexual predator allegedly paid them “a large sum of cash” to hand over the footage, and the employee only gave him one in exchange.
It is unclear when these alleged tapes were turned over. TMZ also did not state how the tapes came into this specific employee’s possession.
The child pornography charges brought against R. Kelly in 2008 hinged on one tape allegedly involving his goddaughter, who was a minor at the time. Kelly was declared not guilty after prosecutors could not confirm the victim’s identity in the tape and she did not testify.
TMZ further reported that the ex-employee backed up testimonies regarding sex trafficking that was presented before the grand jury last week. The ex-employee corroborated that R. Kelly’s team knowingly brought minors to him to engage in sexual acts with as well. On May 29, multiple witnesses and victims alleged that R. Kelly’s team trafficked minors across state borders for sexual purposes on behalf of the R&B singer.
Last Friday (May 31), prosecutors charged the embattled singer with 11 new felony counts, including four counts of aggravated sexual assault, according to the Associated Press. If convicted, R. Kelly could face up to 30 years in prison.
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