Update: Jury Deliberates in R. Kelly Trial, Singer Slapped With Another Charge This Week

Just as R. Kelly’s child pornography trial went to jury Thursday, the singer found out that he has been slapped with yet another lawsuit. According to recent reports, Henry Vaughn also known as “Uncle Henry Love,” says he is responsible for Kelly’s success and now wants compensation. In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, Vaughn says he inspired Kelly to take up the stepping dance moves that mark many of his songs. Even though Kelly thanks him in the hit single “Step in the Name of Love” and on the song “Love Signals,” Vaughn’s suit asks for compensation due to the fact that he suggested Kelly turn to those step-based dance shows to appeal to a “more mature” audience and help his image after accusations surfaced that he taped himself having sex with an under-age girl. In the suit Vaughn also claims the two were alone in 2001 when they made a “verbal contract” after he taught Kelly the step moves and the appropriate dress and culture of the dance to share in any proceeds from the step-based songs. According to the Chicago Sun Times, Kelly spokesman Allan Mayer called Vaughn a “disgruntled former employee” who was fired and now thinks he can “extort money” from Kelly. He called the suit “ridiculous.” In related news, the R&B star’s child pornography trial went to the jury Thursday with prosecutors calling Kelly a sexual predator while his attorneys argued that the singer has been wrongly accused and is possibly the victim of an extortion plot. In closing arguments, Cook County Prosecutor Robert Heilingoetter said Kelly preyed on young girls and was clearly the man on a videotape exploiting a teenage protege as young as 13. “The opportunity to hold him responsible … will never come again,” he told jurors. Heilingoetter once more showed jurors the videotape at the heart of the case, which features oral sex, masturbation and other explicit acts. Kelly is charged with 14 counts of videotaping, producing or soliciting child pornography. If convicted of all charges, the 41-year-old Grammy Award winner could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.


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