R. Kelly Trial Finally Begins!
Six years after first being accused of indulging in sexual behavior with an underage girl, R&B singer Robert Sylvester "R." Kelly is finally seeing his day in court.
Kelly's child-pornography trial, which began yesterday in Chicago, centers around a 27-minute video tape that allegedly shows Kelly engaging in lewd acts with the girl ten years ago. Yesterday jurors were shown the tape, which assistant state's attorney Shauna Boliker promised "will unfold before you, frame by disgusting frame."
The singer's attorney, Sam Adam Jr., maintains that his client is the victim of mistaken identity. Yesterday jurors were also shown police photos of Kelly that display a dark mole in the lower center of his back. Adam maintains that the man on the tape, whose back is visible, has no such mole.
"Robert Kelly is not on that tape," Adam told the court.
So if he has a mole, he stays out of the hole?
The defense is further arguing that the female on the tape is not who prosecutors claim she is, pointing out that the alleged victim will not testify that she was on the tape.
Kelly faces 15 years if convicted of the child-pornography charges. Stay tuned for further details, but be patient. This thing promises to drag on longer than Kelly's interminable hip-hopera, "Trapped in the Closet."