Federal prosecutors said in closing statements at Mr Kelly’s federal trial in New York on Wednesday that R. Kelly was a stalker who used his fame to hunt underage girls and boys and girls.

Once one of the brightest stars in pop music, Mr. Kelly has been able to follow the lives of those in her class for decades thanks to an extensive network of staff who “acted as actors for her criminal behavior. them,” said prosecutor Elizabeth Gedes.

These allegations have haunted Mr Kelly for decades. But now, said Ms. Geddes, the jury will have a chance to rectify a violation that has been neglected for years.

“What happened in the defendant’s world remained in the defendant’s world for years,” Geddes, an assistant US attorney, told a Brooklyn District Court jury. “But not now.”

The gathering was the dramatic climax of a five-week trial, which included disturbing testimony from prosecutor Kelly, some of whom had never spoken publicly before. The 54-year-old singer pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Ms. closing argument. Geddes, which lasted more than three hours and will continue on Thursday, highlighted the breadth of the court proceedings against the singer – and the difficult challenges her defense team faced in the process.

The extortion case against Kelly relates to 14 serious crimes which, according to federal prosecutors, were committed within the framework of a criminal enterprise on his orders. But only two of them need to be proven for the charges.

On Wednesday, Ms. Geddes begins to create the definitive image of Kelly as a calculated manipulator who destroys the lives of those around him.

He described the singer as an unstable man whose “violent nature” has led to the brutal physical abuse of many women and girls. He told the jury that he often promised visitors fame or success in their careers and intended to use them only for sex. And he says Mr Kelly has put in place a terrifying control system that engages his prosecutor and prevents him from speaking out.

“He uses lies, manipulation, threats and physical violence to dominate his victims,” ​​Geddes said, adding that his immense wealth and fame allowed him to “hide from view”.

When the women “violated them” and decided to go public with their accusations, Ms. Geddes said that Mr. Kelly “used his supporters to offer threats and retaliation”.

Once an icon of R&B music, Mr. Kelly gained a huge following in the 90s and 2000s, and rose to fame for redefining her style. But for more than two decades, Mr Kelly has been surrounded by allegations of sexual misconduct and violence.

In the midst of the MeToo movement, his behavior was thoroughly investigated and the accusations against him spread in a documentary that horrified the audience.

In 2019, he was accused of serving as the founder of a ten-year-old criminal company that recruited women and girls for sex. He is detained most of the time and faces nine counts of racketeering and violating the Mann Act, a law that prohibits cross-border sex trafficking. He was also tried in Illinois and Minnesota.

Armed with a large plaque showing Mr. Kelly near the centre, surrounded by a network of staff, Ms. Geddes said the singer’s inner circle and staff played a key role in his blunders – including R&B star Alia.

The singer, who married R. Kelly when she was just 15 years old, occupies a prominent position in Ms. Geddes. The federal prosecutor’s office examined trial testimony about how one of Mr Kelly’s executives bribed government officials to “protect” the singer after he believed Alia was pregnant with his child.

Geddes said the reason for the 1994 marriage conspiracy was simple: he was afraid of being prosecuted and tried to force Aaliyah to have an abortion.

“We all know what the defendant was thinking,” federal prosecutors said. “No honey, no prison.”

Kelly’s defense team claimed the matter was controversial because Singer did not bribe the employee himself. But Ms. Geddes argues that Mr. Kelly is not an unknown figure in marriage conspiracies, but an active force driving the criminal enterprise forward.

“Just because you have backers doesn’t make you any less responsible for your dirty work,” he told the jury. He added: “The pattern of respondents to sexual abuse of minors has not changed since Aalia’s marriage. In fact, it does not leave the rhythm. ”

Kelly was originally scheduled to stand trial in May 2020, but the pandemic has delayed its start date by 18 months. While waiting, several of the singer’s aides were charged with arson, bribery and other intimidation to silence witnesses who were expected to testify.

However, over the course of five weeks of testimony, nine women and two men stood up and accused the singer of some disturbing behavior, often including physical, sexual and emotional abuse. And a support team of 34 other Witnesses – including friends and family, the singer’s staff, and one of her old doctors – helped increase her account.

Mr Kelly’s defense team will present their final arguments to the seven men and five women on the grand jury on Thursday. He is expected to focus some of his claims on the type of blackmail lawsuit against the singer, which aims to cast doubt on the jury as to whether the successful music business can continue for decades. It can act as a criminal system.

During his first testimony and cross-examination of the case, his lawyer also questioned the defendant’s beliefs and motivations. The team fabricated or exaggerated the prosecutor’s story and highlighted cases where they received money to participate in a documentary or book deal.

“We believe her testimony will be compromised,” Nicole Blank Baker, one of Kelly’s four attorneys, told the jury. “Ladies and gentlemen, you have been told so many lies that even the government cannot unravel the web of lies.

US District Judge NM Donnelly said he expected the case to be brought to a jury later this week.

On Wednesday, Mr Kelly refused to testify in his defense. When the judge asked if he wanted to take over the office, he replied with two words: “No, lady”.