Federal prosecutors in R. Kelly’s sex trafficking case say the R&B star had sexual contact with an underage boy and girls, and jurors should hear those claims.
In a court filing on Friday, prosecutors issued a series of new indictments against Kelly, but no new charges. Jury selection will begin August 9 in federal court in New York.
Kelly denies abusing anyone. His attorneys did not immediately comment on the additional allegations.
The Grammy-winning singer is accused of leading what prosecutors call a criminal enterprise of managers, bodyguards and other employees who allegedly helped him recruit and control women and girls for sex and pornography.
The charges involve six women and girls, who are not mentioned in court documents.
Prosecutors want jurors to hear about more than a dozen people the government alleges were sexually or physically abused, threatened or mistreated by Kelly.
Among them, the government says, was a 17-year-old, an aspiring musician Kelly met at McDonald’s in December 2006 and was later invited to his Chicago studio.
After asking the boy what he would do to succeed in the music business, Kelly proposed to him and had sexual contact with him while he was still a minor, according to court records.
When Kelly was about to go to trial on child abuse image charges in Chicago in 2008, the same young man told the singer that he had access to a jury, prosecutors said, adding that Kelly asked him to contact with the jury and assure him that he was a “good boy.”
The presentation does not say if the young man did. Kelly was acquitted in that case.
The boy also introduced Kelly to a 16- or 17-year-old friend, with whom prosecutors say the singer began a sexual relationship several years later. Kelly filmed the two young men in sexual encounters with other people, including some of Kelly’s girlfriends, according to the document.
Prosecutors say the accounts of the children and others would help show that the actual charges “were not isolated events and were part of a larger pattern.”
The multi-platinum singer, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, is known for works including the 1996 hit I Believe I Can Fly and the cult classic Trapped in the Closet, a multi-part tale of betrayal and sexual intrigue.
Kelly also faces sex-related charges in Illinois and Minnesota. He has pleaded not guilty.