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Feds’ Closing Case: R. Kelly Hid ‘Crimes In Plain Sight’

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R. Kelly manipulated scores of girls, women and men for decades, also including his employees who dutifully followed the singer’s strict rulebook and were “at his disposal,” prosecutors said in closing arguments in the sex-crimes case against the singer on Wednesday.

“For many years, what happened in [R. Kelly’s] world stayed in the defendant’s world,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Geddes told jurors. “But no longer.”

Over the last five weeks, the prosecution sought to prove Kelly was the “leader” of a criminal enterprise made up of his bodyguards, assistants, and employees who believed they were helping the singer in his legitimate career. In reality, prosecutors allege, they were helping him carry out a slew of crimes targeting young girls for sexual violence.

The harping on the group behind Kelly wasn’t just about painting a picture of the singer’s power but also proving the mafia-style racketeering case prosecutors need to make to get a conviction using the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO. If Kelly is convicted, he faces decades of prison time.

Kelly “used his fame, his popularity, and the network of people at his disposal to groom and exploit girls and boys,” Geddes said. “He used his money and public persona to hide his crimes in plain sight.”

Prosecutors allege Kelly, 54, abused at least six women and girls, four of whom were minors when he first had sexual contact with them. Kelly has pleaded not........

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