R. Kelly Likely Won't Take The Stand As Federal Trial Comes To An End


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R. Kelly probably won't take the witness stand in his own federal trial for racketeering and sex crimes.

According to the New York Post, the singer's attorneys are winding down their defense of Kelly after just a day of calling witnesses. Federal prosecutors rested their case on Monday (September 20) after nearly a month of arguing that Kelly headed up a criminal enterprise for the purposes of transporting women and girls for sexual acts. Prosecutors called 45 witnesses to the stand to testify against the singer.

Judge Ann Donnelly said in court Tuesday (September 21) she expected the defense to wrap up their testimony on Wednesday morning (September 22) and that closing arguments could begin as early as the afternoon.

Kelly's defense team called John Holder, one of the singer's accountants who worked for Kelly the year before he was arrested, to testify. Holder told the jury he never personally saw the singer abuse women and said that anytime he did see Kelly's "girlfriends" they were dressed "appropriately" whenever he saw them.

Federal prosecutors have built a searing case against Kelly who has been accused for decades of criminal sexual acts with underaged girls and at least one male.

After closing arguments, Judge Donnelly will give jurors instructions and details on which laws apply to the case before deliberation begins.

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