R. Kelly's sex trafficking trial continued on Aug. 24-25 in Brooklyn's Eastern District of New York courthouse with a cross-examination of Jane Doe #5 following her testimony on Monday (Aug. 23), during which she alleged that R. Kelly began an abusive relationship with her at age 17 that lasted for five years.
Central to the arguments from both the prosecution and defense were a number of letters that Jane Doe #5 wrote while in a relationship with the infamous R&B hitmaker. She had previously testified that Kelly coerced her to write the letters under the advice of his lawyers, and that they included false statements about her parents. The defense, however, implied Jane Doe #5's parents had been attempting to exploit R. Kelly from the start via their daughter, citing those letters as evidence. The defense had her read one of her letters in court, which included the following in a post-breakup note: "I would have to support you privately but not publicly… just know everything from here out is politics."
Using the letters in an attempt to cast doubt on her testimony, the defense also brought up her father's attempts to foster business connections with Kelly over the years. (One pitch to the singer involved a Bluetooth dildo that would play his music. Kelly turned the offer down.)