Federal prosecutors allegedly have more evidence of uncharged, crimes committed by R&B singer R. Kelly in his upcoming trial in New York. The allegations include the abuse of teenage girls and women dating as far back as 1991, the sexual abuse of a 17-year-old boy, physical abuse, hush payments and bribery.
The New York indictment, filled by the prosecutors on Friday includes 20 Jane Does and two John Does. Kelly initiated a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old boy whom he had met at a Chicago McDonald’s, and directed the boy to have sexual encounters with other people as well.
The 17-year-old went to the party at Kelly’s house with his mother and stepfather, and Kelly told him to come next time without them, authorities said. “Thereafter, Kelly invited John Doe #1 into his studio under the guise of helping and mentoring John Doe #1 with his musical aspirations,” prosecutors wrote. “Kelly also asked John Doe #1 what he was willing to do to succeed in the music business and clarified that he wanted John Doe #1 to engage in sexual contact with Kelly.”
That boy introduced Kelly to a second teenage boy, John Doe No. 2, who was then 16 or 17 years old, with whom Kelly allegedly tried to start a sexual relationship as well. Several years later, Kelly is alleged to have started having sex with this second John Doe, and also forced several of his girlfriends and other sexual partners, including a minor girl, to have sex with this young man. Prosecutors say that Kelly often filmed those incidents.
Prosecutors claim they can corroborate his relationship with the teens by citing telephone records. The government is also asking the judge to allow video recordings of Kelly physically and verbally abusing two women as evidence at the trial.
Kelly is currently being held in Brooklyn. These new set of federal charges against him are pending in New York and in Illinois. In all, he faces 22 federal criminal charges that involve allegedly abusing girls and women over the course of more than two decades. His New York trial is scheduled to begin on Aug. 9.