R. Kelly once compared himself to Jerry Lee Lewis: witness

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R&B star R. Kelly once compared himself to rock legend Jerry Lee Lewis — notorious for marrying his 13-year-old cousin decades ago — saying they were both misunderstood geniuses, a witness at Kelly’s sex-trafficking trial testified Thursday.

The witness recounted the comment while for the first time publicly accusing Kelly of luring her into having unwanted sex with him in 1999, when she was a struggling 17-year-old hotel worker. She was the third women to take the witness stand in federal court in Brooklyn to make allegations of sexual abuse.

At one point in the relationship, she said she was at dinner with Kelly when he mentioned that he liked young girls and — “out of the blue” — brought up Lewis.

“Even look at Jerry Lee Lewis,” she claimed Kelly said. “He’s a genius and I’m a genius. We should be allowed to do whatever we want. Look at what we give to the world.”

In this courtroom artist’s sketch R. Kelly, left, listens during his trial in New York, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. The 54-year-old Kelly has repeatedly denied accusations that he preyed on several alleged victims during a 30-year career highlighted by his mega hit ‘I Believe I Can Fly.’
(AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)

The latest witness, who testified on Thursday using only her first name, described being approached at a McDonald’s in Chicago by one of Kelly’s cronies, who gave her a note asking her to call him. She and Kelly first had sex at a meeting at one of his studios, seen decorated with his platinum albums in photos shown to the jury.

Over time, “he was one of two ways,” she said: “He was either very nice and charming or he was controlling and manipulating.”

In this courtroom artist’s sketch, former R. Kelly employee Tom Arnold testifies at the R&B star’s trial in New York, Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021.
(AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)

The abuse went on for about six months until she had to end it over feeling “humiliated” and “degraded,” she said.

“That was the lowest time of my life,” she said, through tears. “I have never been treated like that before or since.”

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