France 24 is not responsible for the content of external websites. In her opening statement, Assistant U. They include the late singer Aaliyah, who was 15 when she married Kelly. He has strongly denied wrongdoing. Prosecutors say Kelly used an entourage of managers, bodyguards and others to recruit victims, and threatened to blackmail them if they fled. The first prosecution witness, Jerhonda Pace, 28, testified she had once been a fan of Kelly.
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Kelly has faced allegations of sexual abuse. The stories go back to the start of his career in the s, with many centring around the alleged predatory pursuit of teenage girls. He is currently facing multiple state and federal charges in the US, and is accused of racketeering, sexual abuse and bribery; charges which he has repeatedly denied. The trial has now begun at a court in Brooklyn, New York. Kelly was himself the victim of child sex abuse, and detailed in his autobiography how he was raped by a female family member when he was eight years old.