Woman Claims Tryst With R. Kelly, Alleged Victim
June 3, 2008 at 5:05 AM (PT)
Prosecutors rested their case in R. KELLY's child pornography trial after a day of sensational testimony about alleged trysts, extortion plots and a duffel bag full of sex tapes.
Star prosecution witness LISA VAN ALLEN cried on the witness stand, pausing to regain her composure, as she described several alleged three-way sexual encounters with the R&B star and the alleged victim, some of which she claimed KELLY videotaped. VAN ALLEN, 27, also told jurors in more than three hours of testimony MONDAY that KELLY offered her $250,000 last year to recover a tape of one of the trysts.
During cross-examination, a defense attorney accused VAN ALLEN of plotting to extort money from the singer, which she denied. Under further questioning, she admitted she once stole KELLY's $20,000 diamond-studded watch from a hotel.
KELLY, 41, faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of child pornography for allegedly videotaping himself having sex with a female prosecutors say was as young as 13. He has pleaded not guilty and both he and the alleged victim, now 23, deny being on the video -- which is separate from those VAN ALLEN testified to being on.