I keep hearing about the differences of opinion about the identity of the people video taped in an intimate setting in the R. Kelly trial. People keep questioning who is in the video. The alleged principals in the film deny their involvement. It reminded me of the old joke that says….that’s not me…that’s my brother from a different mother. The joke is meant to be funny…this issue before the court is not. An adult having a sexual relationship with a under-aged girl is illegal.
The testimony about the young girl on tape is conflicting. Friends, relatives and co-workers are in disagreement over whether the girl in question is the young girl that the prosecutors say it is. Some say it is her and others say it is not; for the record…she denies that it is her. That is important because at the time of the video, that young girl was approximately 13-15 years of age. That is definately a crime. It has been ten years and the young lady says it is not her on tape; R. Kelly also allegedly says it isn’t her (or him for that matter).
R. Kelly says that it is not him on the tape because he has a mole on his back and the man on the tape does not. A video expert allegedly says that yes there is a mole on the tape and that the video has not been altered.
The background of the video is extremely familiar to those who knew him back then, as a room in the house that R. Kelly owned at that time. The young girl was in his acquaintance in those years. A friend of the girl has identified her as the woman on the tape. She knew her quite well at the time that the video would have been filmed.
Another witness says that she participated in a three way relationship with R. Kelly and the girl when she herself was 18 years old. She also supposedly says that R. Kelly was never far from a bag that he carried full of video tapes of sexually explicit images. Also, some have spoken of his often discussed, alleged, secret marriage to Aliyah ( deceased singer) when she was just 15 years old.
The outcome of this trial is serious business…if proven guilty…R. Kelly could spend 15 years in prison.