Moira Penza, the chief prosecutor in Raniere’s case, who was heard in the same courthouse in 2019, said that while such letters were created by some “predators” with the intention of being used as a strong defense, prosecutors can easily turn that target upside down. by using them to demonstrate darker intentions.
“These letters succeed in acting as measures of coercive control, but they undermine the credibility of the victims during the trial,” Penza said. “Juries review these letters, especially when prosecutors and witnesses provide context for the circumstances in which the letters were originally to be written.”
Writing letters to Mr. Kelly was so routine, the woman who testified under a pseudonym told the jury that Mr. Kelly would say “it was time we wrote letters” and his girlfriend would quickly put pen to paper. She said Kelly told her, “they should basically take advantage of us to protect him,” and that one of his lawyers had suggested the writing exercise “because of his past.”
In 2008, Kelly was on trial in a child pornography case in Chicago, where he was accused of urinating a young girl – and recording it. But he was acquitted after the young girl and her immediate family refused to testify.
The singer, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is now charged with his sexual encounters with women and girls in several states. In Brooklyn, he is charged with one count of assault and eight violations of a law on combating sex trafficking known as the Mann Act.
The federal case, which will include 45 witnesses at the expected conclusion on Friday, is based on the testimony of five women as well as additional evidence related to his marriage in 1994 to Aaliyah, who was then 15. A lot of additional prosecutors whose experiences are excluded from the prosecution, has also testified. (Mr. Kelly’s defense team plans to call its own witnesses on Monday.)
The living girlfriends were all routinely instructed to write new rounds of letters- “about four to five each”, said the woman, who testified under a pseudonym, writing as if “we had already gone and tried to get back to him.” She said she would write the letters with Mr. Kelly and the other girlfriends floating nearby.