In one of the most high profile sex trafficking cases in recent memory, explosive accuser testimony from Jerhonda Pace is going viral.
R&B singer R. Kelly is officially on trial for his alleged sex crimes.
According to reporting from CBS News: “Prosecutors in New York accuse Kelly of operating a criminal sex trafficking network composed of his managers, bodyguards, drivers, assistants and others who recruited children and women at concert venues where he was performing and other locations.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Maria Cruz Melendez spoke out about Kelly’s crimes, saying that once he had gotten these girls alone, he “dominated and controlled them physically, sexually and psychologically.”
Jerhonda Pace, one of R. Kelly’s many accusers, has resumed her testimony against him.
In her explosive statements in Brooklyn federal court, Pace alleged that, as a minor, she was forced to follow strict rules from Kelly for their sexual encounters, which he would often videotape.
Pace had previously told the court that she was a 16 year old virgin at the time she met Kelly, when she was a member of his fan club. She alleged that he invited her to his mansion in 2010, where she was forced to adhere to “Rob’s rules,” which restricted how she could dress, who she could speak to, and when she was allowed to use the bathroom.
She also noted that Kelly would sometimes demand that she wear pigtails and “dress like a Girl Scout” during their sexual encounters.
During her explosive testimony, Pace, who is currently pregnant and just days away from her due date, read from a diary that she was told to prepare by her civil lawyers after she left Kelly.
Openly crying, she read the entry, which was dated January 23, 2010.
“I went to Rob’s house and Rob called me a silly b—. Rob slapped me three times. He said if I lied to him again, it’s not going to be an open hand next time. He spit in my face and in my mouth and choked me during an argument. I had sex with him, I had oral sex with him. Then I became fed up, and I went home and confessed,” Pace read.
Pace is the trial’s first witness, though many accusers are set to testify at the trial, which is expected to last several weeks.
Kelly has denied all accusations against him. He is facing ten years to life in prison if he is convicted.
The case in New York is not the only trouble the R&B singer is in, as he is facing sex-related charges in both Illinois and Minnesota.