A third person has spoken out in the trial against singer R Kelly, claiming he once told her he liked “young girls”.The woman, identified as Stephanie, is the third person to accuse the ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ singer of sexual misconduct.During the ongoi…
A third person has spoken out in the trial against singer R Kelly, claiming he once told her he liked "young girls".
The woman, identified as Stephanie, is the third person to accuse the 'I Believe I Can Fly' singer of sexual misconduct.
During the ongoing trial, the New York Times reported the comment occurred during a dinner with Kelly and two other rappers, while the woman was 17 years old.
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Stephanie, now 39, added Kelly likened himself to singer Jerry Lee Lewis, who famously married his 13-year-old cousin in the 1950s.
"He's a genius and I'm a genius. We should be allowed to do what we want — look at what we give to the world," Stephanie claims Kelly said.
The accuser is among six women whose allegations "make up the heart of the prosecution's case," the Times added.
Stephanie said during her statement her interaction with Kelly "was definitely the hardest time of my life. I had very low self-esteem," as per the Times.
"I'd already been through sexual trauma within my family, by my first boss, by men on the street. I was very vulnerable."
In 1999, then 17, Stephanie claims she approached Kelly, seeking an audition for her friend.
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Upon agreeing, Stephanie alleged the singer wanted to "get to know" her and would like to "cuddle".
The woman alleged the pair had sex, despite her informing him she was underage.
"I've never been treated like that before or since," she said.
"He humiliated me, degraded me, he scared me. I'll never forget the way he treated me."
Stephanie alleged Kelly's moods shifted from "nice and charming" to "controlling and intimating", particularly during sex. She alleged instances of being told to stay in a room for several days and not leave, until the singer permitted her.
The 'Ignition' singer has been in custody since 2019, but has maintained his innocence.
He has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of sex trafficking and racketeering. His trial began in Brooklyn on August 9, after being delayed due to the pandemic.
Nicole Blank Becker, one of Kelly's four defence lawyers, claimed the age of consent in the state of Illinois was 17 years old, however, the law only applied if the age difference between the partners was less than five years.
Kelly was 32 at the time.
Stephanie is the latest in a long series of women testifying against Kelly's sexual misconduct.
For more information, see a timeline here: A timeline of the case against R Kelly
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