Witnesses Identify Alleged Victim in R. Kelly Trial
Four witness positively identified the alleged victim in R. Kelly‘s child pornography case on Wednesday. A childhood friend of the alleged victim, the friend’s father and two other relatives of the victim testified that they recognize the victim from the infamous sex tape.
Prosecutors put the victim’s longtime friend Simha Jamison, 24, on the stand. Jamison, who’s known the victim for over 10 years, claims she and the victim would visit Kelly at his recording studio when they were just 12 years old. Jamison testified that her friend originally introduced the singer as her “godfather,” adding that Kelly was known for giving the victim monetary gifts. The victim continues to deny that she’s the underage girl featured in the sex tape at the center of the trial.
The Grammy-award singer was slapped with child pornography charges in 2002 for allegedly videotaping himself having sex with a minor. If convicted, the crooner could face up to 15 years in prison.