A male survivor testified in R. Kelly’s sexual abuse trial Monday, alleging that the singer exploited him when he was a high school student, according to multiple reports.
The survivor, who took to the witness stand as “Louis,” disclosed with the jury how Kelly lured him to his Chicago-area home and studio under the guise of helping to launch his music career, CNN reports.
Louis testified that he met Kelly as a high school senior in 2006 when he was working at a McDonald’s drive-thru in the Chicago-area. He shared that one day, Kelly and a driver pulled up in a Maybach and handed him and a co-worker slips of paper with Kelly’s phone number.
Kelly later invited a then-17-year-old Louis to his studio, where the 54-year-old asked him “what I was willing to do for music.”
He replied, “I’ll carry your bags…Anything you need, I’ll be willing to do.”
“That’s not it. That’s not it,” Kelly responded before asking him if he ever fantasized about having sex with men, to which Louis said he did not. He described how Kelly then “crawled down on his knees and proceeded to give me oral sex,” even though he “wasn’t into it.”
“I wasn’t into it and I was not getting a reaction, so he had stopped,” Louis testified. “He had told me to keep it between me and him.”
Louis also mentioned another instance where he was visiting Kelly at his home when the singer escorted him to a detached garage with a boxing ring and exercise equipment. He testified that Kelly snapped his fingers three times and a nude “young lady” crawled out from under the boxing ring to perform oral sex on him and Kelly.
“She crawled over to (Kelly) and gave him oral sex. He told her to do me the same way she did him,” Louis testified. He also added that he didn’t “mind” oral sex with the “young lady” if it had been just between the two of them.
Louis continued meeting up with Kelly, he testified, sometimes for parties at his home, and sometimes to watch Kelly play basketball near the McDonald’s where he worked.
Over the course of their 10-year relationship, Louis also alleged that he and Kelly engaged in multiple “sexual encounters,” recording many of the incidents on a camcorder or iPad.
“As our relationship got stronger, he called me more like a brother — I was his little brother,” Louis testified.
When Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Geddes asked why he continued to spend time with Kelly, Louis testified, “Because I really wanted to make it in the music industry.”
Last August, Louis was arrested and charged by Brooklyn federal prosecutors with attempting to bribe a witness to stop cooperating in the case against Kelly. His Monday testimony came as a part of a cooperation agreement from his guilty plea.
Louis was also asked what Kelly ultimately had done for his career as an aspiring high school rapper, to which he replied, “nothing.”
During Tuesday’s continuation of the trial, more disturbing revelations were made. A witness, who’s also accused of co-conspiring with the singer, said he once made his girlfriends fight one another as a form of punishment per Yahoo.