R. Kelly Trial: Victim's Relatives Split On Who's On Tape
June 5, 2008 at 5:10 AM (PT)
A sex tape that prosecutors say shows R. KELLY having sex with an underage girl has sharply divided the alleged victim's family into those who think it's her and those who don't, a relative told jurors.
When prosecutors asked LEROY EDWARDS JR. during cross-examination whether the family "has pretty much split in half as a result of this incident," he answered softly, "Yes." EDWARDS was one of three family members to testify WEDNESDAY as the defense began presenting its case in the R&B superstar's child pornography trial. All three insisted the female in the video is not their relative. Four relatives testified earlier for the prosecution that it is.
KELLY, 41, is charged with 14 counts of child pornography for allegedly videotaping himself having sex with an underage girl. He has pleaded not guilty and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
Both he and the alleged victim deny they're on the graphic, 27-minute tape.