And. Kelly’s ex-business manager pulls U-turn, says he ‘learned a lot’ at trial

And. Kelly’s ex-business manager pulls U-turn, says he ‘learned a lot’ at trial
And. Kelly’s ex-business manager pulls U-turn, says he ‘learned a lot’ at trial

At the end of his first day and a half of testimony in his own defense, R. Kelly’s one-time business manager shared a wealth of information with the federal jury that seemed helpful not only to himself, but also to his former boss.

Darrell McDavid mocked key prosecution witnesses. He insisted he thought the video at the center of Kelly’s 2008 trial was a fake. And he choked up as he recalled how the judge acquitted Kelly in the 2008 trial – what McDavid thought at the time was the right decision.

Then, McDavid pulled a U-turn. He said he “learned a lot” during Kelly’s new trial in federal court in Chicago, now in its fourth week. He said he had never seen the incriminating video the new jury saw. And he said he had never heard the testimonies they heard before.

“I stand here today,” McDavid told jurors, “I’m embarrassed.”

She then began fighting her emotions again, telling her attorney, Beau Brindley, that she wanted to trust Kelly in the early 2000s because “I love her and I trust her. He was a genius.”

That’s when Kelly attorney Jennifer Bonjian interrupted, objecting to McDavid’s “theatrics.” McDavid took off his glasses, wiped away tears, and said, “It’s not theatrics, ma’am.”

Still, there was a dramatic climax to the marathon testimony of McDavid, now a co-defendant of Kelly, who, along with Singer, is accused of trying to illegally derail Kelly’s 2008 child pornography trial.

Missing from McDavid’s testimony was additional context involving the late singer Aaliyah Hutton, who married Kelly in 1994 when she was 15 and he was 27. Although McDavid insisted he had no reason to believe Kelly sexually abused minor girls in the 2000s, Kelly’s testimony at a trial in New York last year implicated McDavid in bribing a “welfare office” worker to obtain a fake ID for Aaliyah. was so Kelly could marry him.

Alia died in a plane crash in 2001.

Prosecutors argued earlier Thursday that McDavid’s testimony left the door “wide open” to testimony about Aaliyah. U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber ruled that they could not go into it, finding it too prejudicial to Kelly.

Prosecutors are expected to cross-examine McDavid on Friday.

Kelly faces charges of child pornography, obstruction of justice and solicitation of minors for criminal sexual activity in the trial. He is already serving a 30-year sentence after being convicted in New York.

Before telling jurors he was “embarrassed” by what he learned in the current Chicago trial, McDavid recalled the preparations and proceedings surrounding Kelly’s 2008 trial. He also presented a theory trumpeted by Kelly’s defense attorneys in 2008.

McDavid said Kelley’s then-criminal defense attorney, Ed Genson, showed him extended snippets of the video central to the 2008 trial, in which Kelley allegedly depicted sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. That tape is also at issue in Kelly’s current trial.

Kelly has a distinctive mole on her back, McDavid told jurors. But in the video Jenson showed him, McDavid said the mole “jumped all over.” McDavid said he was “absolutely certain” the video was a fake.

McDavid said Lisa Van Allen, a former Kelly girlfriend and longtime accuser who testified in the current trial, was caught in “lie after lie after lie” when she testified in 2008. McDavid denied he told her he should have killed her, as she alleged.

Another key witness in the current trial, Charles Freeman, threatened to call a press conference during the 2008 trial unless he was paid $100,000, McDavid said. McDavid said he told Freeman at one point “he was a rotten piece of Shaw.”

He also noted that the woman accused in the 2008 trial video, known to the current jury as “Jane,” has denied for years that she was sexually assaulted by Kelly. She testified last month, for the first time, that Kelly depicted sexually abusing her in a 2008 trial video.

McDavid told the jury he had never heard Jane make such a claim during the years when Kelly was on trial in the 2000s. He said he had not seen two additional videos, viewed by current jurors, that also depicted Kelly’s abuse of Jane. And he said he had not heard the stories of three other alleged victims who testified, referred to in court as “Pauline,” “Tracy” and “Nia.”

McDavid said he “learned a lot.”

“Before this trial, I knew what I knew then,” McDavid said.

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