Update: Prosecution Rests in R Kelly Case

A star prosecution witness cried as she alleged at R Kelly’s child pornography trial several three-way sexual encounters with the R&B superstar and the alleged victim, some of which she said Kelly videotaped. Lisa Van Allen, 27, the last witness before prosecutors rested their case, also told jurors in more than three hours of graphic and dramatic testimony that Kelly last year offered her 250,000 dollars to recover a tape of one of the trysts. During cross-examination, a defense attorney accused Ms Van Allen of plotting to extort money from the singer, a claim she denied. Under further questioning she admitted she once stole Kelly’s $20,000 diamond-studded watch from a hotel. “Van Allen is an admitted thief and liar who wouldn’t know the truth if she tripped over it,” Kelly’s business manager, Derrel McDavid, said in a statement. Kelly, 41, faces as many as 15 years in prison if convicted of child pornography on suspicion of videotaping himself having sex with a female who prosecutors say was as young as 13. He has pleaded not guilty and both he and the alleged victim, now 23, deny being on the video – which is separate from those Van Allen testified to being on. The state, which called more than a dozen witnesses over two weeks, rested its case after Van Allen’s testimony. Jurors will get a day off before the defense begins its presentation Wednesday.


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