A Chicago court has heard the family of one of R&B singer R Kelly’s victims ‘feared for their lives’ after they confronted him about the alleged abuse of their 14-year-old daughter.
R Kelly’s ‘threats’ made accuser’s mom ‘fear for her life’
A mother whose daughter prosecutors say R. Kelly sexually abused starting when she was 14 has told jurors at the singer’s federal trial that she lied to a state grand jury 20 years ago, in part because she and her husband felt threatened by Kelly and feared for their lives if they told the truth.
The mom, who used the pseudonym, “Susan,” in court on Monday at the trial in Chicago, described how she, her husband and Kelly were crying when the parents confronted the Grammy-winner at a hotel in the early 2000s about whether he was abusing their daughter. She testified they were startled when Kelly told them, “You are with us or against us.”
She said she took those words to mean “that they were going to harm us if we didn’t do what they wanted us to do”. Among the directives from Kelly and an associate was that they had to lie that their daughter was not in a child pornography video and that they had to leave the country immediately for several weeks, she testified.
“We were very, very frightened,” she told jurors.