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R. Kelly's Former Backup Singer Implicates Him At Trial

A former backup singer for R. Kelly cried Thursday at his child pornography trial as she described introducing the singer to her relative, who was the alleged victim in the sex tape shown to jurors on Tuesday.

Stephanie Edwards told the court that Kelly met the girl at a Chicago music studio when she was 12 or 13.

"He liked her spirit. She was a very jolly person," Edwards said, before identifying the Grammy winner as the same man she saw on the sex tape at the center of the trial. She says the girl admired Kelly and "took to him as a father figure."

Edwards said she was sure her relative was the girl on the tape with Kelly: "You know your blood... you just know your family," she said.

The testimony is part of prosecutors' attempt to prove to the jury that the two people on the graphic tape shown in court are Kelly and the alleged victim. Both he and the girl, who is now 23, have denied they are in the grainy tape.

A college student, Audrey Hampton, also testified Thursday that she recognized both the female in the tape and Kelly. Hampton said she went to school with the girl and played basketball with her for several years, and added "there's no question" it was her childhood friend.

The 41-year-old R. Kelly is charged with 14 counts of child pornography for allegedly videotaping himself having sex with a minor. He could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

May 23, 2008 |

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