The depraved nature of R Kelly’s alleged crimes along with the high price he paid to silence at least one of his alleged victims has come to light in recent days.
This includes new details about the crimes committed against five Jane Does in federal charges brought against Kelly in the Eastern District of New York.
Prosecutors detailed the sex crime allegations in a letter to an Illinois judge in a bid to keep him behind bars.
Four of the five victims were just teens when they were victimized, while the fifth was in her early 20s when she was allegedly locked in a room for days and then sexually assaulted by Kelly.
There are also new claims that Kelly paid $2 million to silence the underage girl he filmed himself raping multiple times starting when she was just 12.
There was also confirmation from one of his former victims that he has convinced his current sex slaves to form a suicide pact.
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Remix to conviction: In a letter to a federal judge in Illinois arguing against the pre-trial release of Kelly, prosecutors in New York offered more details about its federal case. He is pictured on June 26
Fears: Over the weekend, the mother of Jocelyn Savage, who is one of Kelly’s alleged sex slaves, expressed concern that her daughter may have made a suicide pact (Savage on left with Azriel Clary)
Kelly’s two alleged sex slaves, Jocelyn Savage and Azriel Clary, have remained in Chicago since the singer’s most recent arrest.
It was Savage’s mother who first voiced concern about a possible suicide pact, and former Kelly sex slave Jerhonda Pace who confirmed her fears.
‘There’s a suicide pact involved, I’m not going to sit back and let those girls take their lives over R. Kelly,’ wrote Pace on twitter.
‘I was one of those same girls who was ready to kill myself for him. For people to say they’re grown and we need to leave them alone, you can mind your business.’
On Monday, Michael Avenatti claimed in a press conference that Kelly paid $2 million to keep the star witness in his child pornography case and her family from testifying against him at trial.
Avenatti also claimed to now be representing at least three victims, three whistleblowers and the parents of three victims in their current or upcoming legal actions against the singer.
One of his victims is a Jane Doe in the New York complaint said Avenatti, though he did not reveal which accuser had hired him to represent her at this time.
It is the oldest of the five victims in that case whose allegations are perhaps the most upsetting, and shows how many people enabled Kelly.
Jane Doe #2 was recruited in a mall and convinced to travel to Chicago, where she was allegedly held captive and then raped days after arriving at Kelly’s studio.
Once she arrived, Jane Doe #2 was escorted to a room while member of Kelly’s ‘enterprise’ mad a copy of his license and had her sign a nondisclosure agreement.
She was then told not to speak to anyone and ‘spent approximately three days in the bedroom, which was locked, without sustenance.’
On day three she finally got some relief – or so she thought.
‘After a member of the Enterprise provided her with food and a drink, she became tired and dizzy,’ states the letter sent by prosecutors.
‘She woke up some time thereafter to the defendant with her in the bedroom in circumstances that made clear he had sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious,’
Kelly appeared before the judge on Friday alongside his defense attorney and federal prosecutors for early talks regarding how the singer would spend the time between his bail hearing on Tuesday.
Prosecutors are asking that Kelly continue to be held at the MCC until his New York hearing, while the defense is seeking a ruling that would allow the singer to self-report to Brooklyn in the event he is released on bail next week.
Meanwhile, one of his co-defendants in the Illinois case, the singer’s former manager Derrell McDavid, made his first appearance on Friday and was able to walk out of court after the judge agreed to release him on $500,000 bond.
He was indicted by the grand jury on one count of conspiracy to receive child pornography, two counts of receiving child pornography and one count of conspiracy to receive child pornography.
Milton Brown, the other defendant in the Illinois case, was indicted on a single count of conspiracy to receive child pornography.
Kelly has yet to comment on these 18 federal charges, but his lawyer said in a brief statement: ‘The conduct alleged appears to largely be the same as the conduct previously alleged against Mr. Kelly in his current state indictment and his former state charges that he was acquitted of.’
It was Homeland Security agents and officers with the New York Police Department who made the arrest, despite the fact that Kelly was in Chicago at the time.
The singer was out on bail at the time, having put up a $1 million bond after Cook County prosecutors indicted him on 21 charges related to sex crimes he allegedly committed against four women – three of whom were minors the time.
‘Today’s indictment by our federal law enforcement partners demonstrates the collaborative efforts of our criminal justice system. My office was pleased to work together to secure these charges and will continue to work with our colleagues in the pursuit of justice for all victims,’ said Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx in a statement on Friday,
‘And let us be clear: this is not just about surviving R. Kelly. For most victims, it’s about surviving a less famous abuser, a trusted adult, or a total stranger.’
In the mix: Michael Avenatti claimed at a press conference on Monday (above) that R Kelly paid $2 million to silence the victim in his child pornography tape and her family
Concern: Former Kelly sex slave Jerhonda Pace confirmed the suicide pact fears on Twitter, saying she was part of the same pact when she was with the singer
These indictments come months after several victims spoke out against the singer on the Lifetime docu-series Surviving R Kelly, including: Kelly’s ex-wife Andrea, Asante McGee, Lisa Van Allen, Jerhonda Pace, Kitti Jones and Lizette Martinez.
Also featured in that series was Stephanie ‘Sparkle’ Edwards, a one-time Kelly protegee who told authorities in 2002 that that the girl the singer was allegedly seen raping on the charging tapes was her underage niece.
Edwards career never recovered after she made the decision to accuse Kelly and the testify against him at trial, and she remains estranged from most of her family.
But 17 years later, her sacrifice became federal prosecutors’ gain as all 13 charges in the Illinois indictment stem from that initial interview with law enforcement back in 2002.
The indictment also supports he claim that her family had been paid off by the singer.
R KELLY SEX CRIME ALLEGATIONS
1994 – R Kelly, then 27, marries Aaliyah, who is 15 at the time
1996 – Kelly marries 22-year-old Andrea Lee, a dancer from his touring troupe. The couple goes on to have three children: Joanne, Jaya and Robert Jr.
1997 – Tiffany Hawkins files a complaint against Kelly alleging intentional sexual battery and sexual harassment while she was a minor
1998 – In January, Hawkins’ lawsuit is reportedly settled for $250,000 after she suits down for a seven-hour deposition. The following month, Kelly wins three Grammy Awards for his single ‘I Believe I Can Fly’
2001 – Kelly was sued by a former intern, Tracy Sampson, who accused him of inducing her into ‘an indecent sexual relationship’ when she was 17. The case was settled out of court.
2002 – The Chicago Sun-Times reports that a video arrived at their office showing R Kelly and a female who would later be identified as an underage teen, 14, by her aunt, Stephanie ‘Sparkle’ Edwards. The paper reveals tat law enforcement was notified and are investigating the tape. That same day, Kelly performs at the opening ceremonies for the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
The R&B artist is also sued by two more women. Patrice Jones claims he got her pregnant when she was 16 and Montina Woods accused him of filming them having sex without her consent. Kelly also settles the suit filed by Sampson one year prior.
The years ends with Kelly being charged with making child pornography.
2003 – Kelly is arrested at a Miami Dade hotel in Florida on additional child pornography charges after investigators said they found photos of him raping an underage girl. Kelly is released from jail on $12,000 bond. Charges are later dropped after the judge rules police didn’t have a warrant to search Kelly’s house.
2004 – Cook County prosecutors drop seven of the 21 child pornography charges against Kelly. The singer also files a $90 million lawsuit against Jay-Z and a promoter, claiming breach of contract and sabotage after being kicked off a 40-city tour for ‘unpredictable behavior.’
2005 – Andrea requests an order of protection from her estranged husband after accusing the singer of hitting her when she asked for a divorce. The couple reconciles, but later reveal that they live in different homes.
2007 – Judge Vincent Gaughan rules that jurors and the public will see the rape tape in open court, despite objections from both defense lawyers and prosecutors arguing that it should not be shown.
2008 – Kelly’s child pornography trial begins. One month later, he is acquitted on all counts after less than a day of deliberations. The alleged victim in the tape does not testify.
2017 – Buzzfeed releases a lengthy expose that accuses Kelly of holding six women against their will at his properties in Chicago and Atlanta. The women are said to be brainwashed by their families, and activists launch the #MuteRKelly movement in response, calling for a boycott of his music.
2018 – Spotify cuts Kelly’s music from its playlists, citing its new policy on hate content and hateful conduct. Faith Rodgers sues the singer in New York Suopreme Court, alleging he knowingly infected her with herpes.
January 2019 – Lifetime airs the documentary Surviving R. Kelly. Days later, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx holds press conference after her office is inundated with calls about the allegations in the documentary.
February 2019 – Attorney Michael Avenatti said he gave Chicago prosecutors new video evidence of Kelly having sex with an underage girl, and that it is not the same evidence used in Kelly’s 2008 trial, when he was acquitted on child pornography charges. Kelly is later charged with 10 counts of aggravated sex abuse. He is released on $1 million bond.
March 2019 – CBS This Morning airs Gayle King’s now famous interview with Kelly. He vehemently denies the sexual abuse charges against him and two of his female acolytes state that they are not being held captive. He is also taken into custody after he tells a judge he couldn’t pay $161,000 in back child support he owes his children’s mother.
May 2019 – Cook County files 11 new sex-related counts aganst Kelly, including four charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault that carry a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison
Members of law enforcement and prosecutors have admitted that it was the docuseries that revived the long-dormant investigation into the singer’s alleged sex crimes.
Kelly and his former manager Derrel McDavid paid ‘hundreds of thousands of dollars’ to buy back the tapes that allegedly showed him raping minor victims.
McDavid is also named as a defendant in the Illinois indictment, as is another former employee, Milton Brown.
Minor 2, who appeared in one of the videos with Kelly and Minor 1, was paid $350,000 to return the tapes according to the indictment.
She was also required to submit to a polygraph test to confirm she had no tapes in her possession claims the indictment.
The total amount of money paid out to Minor 1 is not given in the indictment, which only states that she received payments over a 15 years period beginning in 2000, and that they were made on a monthly basis during the final two years.
Many of those payments would include the word ‘SETTLEMENT’ written in the subject line according to the indictment.
Kelly is also accused of sending the parents of Minor 1 on a trip abroad so that they could not cooperate with investigators after they began to first look into the case and purchasing a Yukon Denali for the minor victim.
In exchange for these gifts, the minor victim and her father agreed to lie to investigators according to the court filing.
The indictment unsealed on Friday in New York meanwhile lists 11 acts of racketeering in total, for offenses including kidnapping, forced labor, the sexual exploitation of a child and violations of the Mann Act.
Five Jane Does are referenced in the New York charging incidents.
The indictment accuses Kelly of using his fame and massive world tours to recruit women into his sex ring, with the help of some members of his staff.
The members of that ‘enterprise’ are alleged to have ‘traveled throughout the United States and abroad to perform at concert venues, to promote the R. Kelly brand and to recruit women and girls to engage in illegal sexual activity.’
None of the victims in the New York indictment are named, but the allegations are remarkably similar to those made by Faith Rodgers in her lawsuit against the singer, which has been filed in New York Supreme Court.
Rodgers said in her complaint, filed in May of last year, that she met Kelly backstage at a show in 2017, and a few months later his assistant flew her to New York for a concert.
‘Following his performance, Defendant, R. Kelly, bombarded Plaintiff’s hotel room and initiated unwanted sexual contact with Plaintiff,’ states the complaint.
‘Defendant disregarded specific statements made by Plaintiff that she was “not ready to have sex” with Defendant and initiated non-consensual oral and vaginal intercourse.’
Rodgers said that ‘after initiating non-permissive, painful and abusive sex,’ Kelly ‘immediately insulted and criticized plaintiff concerning her “lack of participation” and physical inadequacies.’
DailyMail.com obtained the letter, which is signed by Kelly and states: ‘Please advise Ms. Rodgers, your client to abandon this heartless effort to try to destroy my musical legacy for selfish, personal enrichment. If she persists in court action she will be subjected to public opinion during the discovery process.’
That is when Kelly lists of the ways in which he plans to respond to the allegations.
‘For example, my law team is prepared to request the production of the medical test results proving the origin of her STD claim, as well as 10 personal male witnesses testifying under oath about her sex life in support of her claim and complete records of her text/face time message exchanges, which will be reviewed to match and be authenticated by the recipient to insure there are no omissions or deletions,’ states Kelly in the letter.
‘If Ms. Rodgers really cares about her own reputation she should cease her participation and association with the organizers of this negative campaign. Counter actions are in the developmental stages and due to be released soon.’
She claims the letter said Kelly would demand medical documentation of her claim that he gave her herpes, force her to turn over texts and social media posts, and have ’10 personal male witnesses testifying under oath about her sex life’.
The letter, which was not filed in court at that time, stated: ‘If Ms Rodgers really cares about her own reputation she should cease her participation and association with the organizers of this negative campaign.’
It has now been filed in court, offering proof of Rodgers’ claims at the press conference.
There is no other name on the document so it is unclear who might have assisted the singer in drafting the note, given the fact that he is reportedly illiterate.
Kelly, 52, was apprehended on Thursday night while outside his Chicago apartment.