R Kelly sexually assaulted a woman at his Chicago studio nearly two decades ago, the woman testified at the singer’s trial, it is reported that the singer locked her up without food and water.
The woman, who identified herself as Sonia, told jurors in Brooklyn federal court that she was kept at least two days in a locked room at R. Kelly’s Chocolate Factory studio back in 2003.
Sonia noted that after finally being allowed to eat she became “extremely full” after a few bites and “felt something coming over” before falling asleep. In addition, she said Kelly was adjusting his pants when she woke up, and recalled feeling “wet stuff” between her legs and on her thighs. “Made me feel like something happened to me,” Sonia said under questioning by Assistant U.S Attorney Maria Cruz Melendez.
However, on cross-examination, Kelly’s lawyer Deveraux Cannick questioned why Sonia did not immediately call police or see a doctor, waiting instead until the 2019 Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly” which described Kelly’s other alleged abuses. Nevertheless, Sonia responded by saying, she did not think anyone would believe her, and that she had been scared of R. Kelly.
R Kelly, 54, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, has pleaded not guilty to nine criminal counts for running an alleged decades-long racketeering scheme targeting woman and girls, with help from people he employed. Known for songs such as the Grammy-winning “I believe I can fly” and “Bump N’ Grind,” Kelly has faced sexual abuse accusations for nearly two decades.