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R. Kelly’s lawyers claim to have new witness

| May 31, 2008 at 08:33 pm

CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) — R. Kelly’s child pornography trial was adjourned Wednesday after a lawyer for the R&B singer said he received a call from a man who claims to have information relevant to the case.

 

R. Kelly denies he was the man featured on a videotape having sex with an underage girl.

Judge Vincent Gaughan said attorneys needed time to depose the man, who potentially could impeach someone else’s testimony, but didn’t elaborate. Kelly attorney Sam Adam Sr. said the man was flying to Chicago Wednesday night from another state.

Kelly, 41, has pleaded not guilty to 14 counts of child pornography for allegedly videotaping himself having sex with an underage girl. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

His lawyers maintain he is not on the tape, and the alleged victim, now 23, has denied she is on the tape.

But a dozen witnesses have identified the same person as the alleged victim who prosecutors claim was a minor when the tape was made. Prosecutors claim the tape was made between January 1, 1998, and November 1, 2000, and that the female participant was born in September 1984. (more…)