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Prosecutors Rest Case in R.Kelly’s Federal Trial

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Prosecutors have concluded the presentation of evidence and arguments at R.Kelly’s trial in Chicago after presenting two weeks of testimony in their bid to prove the singer enticed underage girls for sex, produced child pornography and successfully rigged his 2008 state trial.

Taking the stand on Tuesday morning, a 42-year-old woman who went by the disguised name “Nia” was the final accuser to testify at the trial.

Through her testimony, Nia referred to the singer as a master manipulator who found his way to star-stuck fans, like her, to sexually abuse them and then discarded them.

The highlight of prosecutors’ case came two weeks ago with the testimony of a 37-year-old woman who used the false name“Jane.” She testified against Kelly saying he abused her sexually multiple times from 1998 when she was a teenager.

Jane’s testimony is vital to the charge accusing Kelly of fixing his 2008 child pornography trial, at which he was declared innocent. She testified that Kelly and his associates threatened and paid off her and her parents to lie to a grand jury before that trial.

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Legal teams for Kelly and two co-defendants now get their chance to attack the government’s case.

The judges would be taking an off day today with the return of the first defense witnesses scheduled for tomorrow. Closing arguments are expected to happen in the middle of next week.

In June, a New York federal judge sentenced Kelly to 30 years in prison for convictions on racketeering and sex trafficking charges.

By Stella Anyango.

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