R. Kelly’s longtime assistant testified Monday that the R&B celebrity used to be so paranoid, he as soon as requested her to become a gown to show she used to be now not dressed in a twine
NEW YORK — R. Kelly’s longtime assistant testified Monday that the R&B celebrity used to be so paranoid, he as soon as requested her to become a gown to show she used to be now not dressed in a twine.
“He may just get beautiful heated,” stated Diana Copeland, who used to be Kelly’s assistant for 15 years. She informed jurors he made her cry every now and then.
Copeland testified that Kelly saved strict insurance policies for his entourage and as soon as pressured her to jot down a letter falsely confessing to stealing from him.
Nonetheless, Copeland stated she didn’t witness any of the alleged abuse — together with kidnapping and sexual attack — described through a protracted record of witnesses over the last month in Kelly’s racketeering trial at a federal court docket in Brooklyn.
The Grammy-winning, multiplatinum-selling singer has denied accusations that he led a felony endeavor that sexually exploited ladies, ladies or even boys right through a 30-year occupation highlighted through his anthem “I Imagine I Can Fly.” His legal professionals have portrayed his accusers as groupies who’re mendacity about their relationships with him.
Copeland’s testimony printed new information about Kelly’s peculiar routines and the level to which he relied upon his internal circle.
She stated he had no regulate over his personal checking account and had “no concept the place his royalties had been going.”
“He did not even know his personal Social Safety quantity,” Copeland stated. “That used to be an enormous drawback.”
The singer, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, has bother studying and writing and would have Copeland draft his textual content messages earlier than the arrival of voice-to-text programs.
Kelly lived a nocturnal way of life by which he regularly did not get started his day till five p.m., performed basketball in the dark and remained within the recording studio till the solar got here up, Copeland stated.