A former backup singer for R. Kelly cried at his child pornography trial Thursday as she described introducing the R&B star to her relative, the alleged victim in the sex tape, at a Chicago music studio when the girl was 12 or 13.
“He liked her spirit. She was a very jolly person,” Stephanie Edwards said.
She also leaned forward and identified the Grammy winner as the same man she saw on a sex tape at the center of the trial.
Before testifying, Edwards watched the videotape; during testimony she said she was sure her relative appeared on it having sex with Kelly.
“You know your blood … you just know your family,” she said.
The testimony is part of prosecutors’ attempt to prove to the jury that the two people on the 27-minute homemade video are Kelly and the alleged victim. Both he and the female — now 23 years old — have denied they are in the footage.
Kelly, 41, is charged with 14 counts of child pornography for allegedly videotaping himself having sex with an underage girl. He has pleaded not guilty and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
Edwards, who was a background singer on one of Kelly’s albums, testified that her relative was fond of Kelly and “took to him as a father figure.”
Cross-examination of Edwards got heated, with the defense grilling her about a falling out she had with Kelly around 2000, two years after Kelly produced her debut album.
Defense attorney Ed Genson suggested Edwards — whose stage name is “Sparkle” — may have hatched a plot aimed at “getting Robert,” referring to Kelly’s given name.
“Of course not, ” Edwards responded. “I was cool with Robert.” Continue Reading….
For those who don’t remember Sparkle – here’s a reminder…
Sparkle ft R.Kelly – ‘Be Careful’
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