R. Kelly accuser Jerhonda Pace took the witness stand Thursday in the singer’s sex trafficking trial, and said he ordered her to “dress like a Girl Scout” during their sexual encounters.
Pace, now 28, told the court she was 16 years old when Kelly recorded the encounters, according to the New York Post.
“He wanted me to put my hair up in pigtails and dress like a Girl Scout,” Pace said, adding that Kelly was 42 at the time.
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The Associated Press reported Pace began to weep when a prosecutor asked her to read from a journal describing how the singer allegedly beat and choked her when they were last together in 2010. After that, Pace said she “became fed up” and left.
On cross examination, defense lawyer Deveraux Cannick accused Pace of deceiving Kelly by lying about her age to work her way into his inner circle.
“You were in fact stalking him, right?” Cannick asked. “That is not right,” she responded.
It was Pace’s second day of testimony in the singer’s trial. A day earlier, she said she was a member of Kelly’s fan club when he first invited her to his mansion.
Pace told the court she was a virgin when the sexual abuse began. She alleged Kelly told her he would “train” her.
“He bent me over the back of his sofa and he took my virginity,” Pace testified. She said the next morning one of the singer’s employees gave her $50 and drove her to a train station.
She added that Kelly insisted she follow “the rules” when they were together, including calling him “Daddy.”
Kelly, 54, is charged with kidnapping, racketeering, forced labor and child sex charges over nearly two decades.
Federal prosecutors allege he ran a criminal enterprise where his handlers and other employees recruited women and underage girls for sex.
The singer has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.
Kelly was previously indicted on 13 counts of child pornography, but was acquitted of all charges in 2008.
He is still facing federal and state charges in Illinois.
In 2019, Pace appeared in the Lifetime docuseries Surviving R. Kelly and Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning.
In Part II, Pace dropped a bomshell saying Kelly convinced her she would have no life without him. She claimed he concocted a suicide pact and convinced her that she should kill herself if he went to jail.
In the earlier installments of the docuseries, Pace broke down in tears on camera when asked to describe the physical abuse.
“It brings back memories and it’s very painful to have to talk about it again,” she said in the below video.