ARCHIV - 06.06.2019, USA, Chicago: US-Sänger R. Kelly kommt vor dem Leighton Criminal Court an. Zum inhaltlichen Start des neuen Prozesses gegen Ex-Popstar R. Kelly hat die Staatsanwaltschaft schwere Vorwürfe gegen den 55-Jährigen erhoben. (zu dpa ««Sex mit Kindern»: Eröffnungsplädoyers in Prozess gegen R. Kelly») Foto: Amr Alfiky/AP/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

A woman has accused former pop superstar R. Kelly of multiple abuses when she was a minor. The now-adult testified at Kelly’s trial in Chicago Thursday that he had sex with her “hundreds” of times when she was between the ages of 15 and 18. The reported US media unanimously.

But the first sexual acts had already occurred when she was 14. Previously, Kelly had accepted her as his godchild.

The woman is central to the process because, according to reports, she can be seen in a video shot over 20 years ago that has become world-famous, in which Kelly is said to have sexually abused her and urinated on her. Kelly had been acquitted in a previous trial on the 2008 case.

The public prosecutor’s office now accuses him of having put pressure on the victim at the time so that he did not testify in the trial. Upon further questioning in court, it was expected that the woman would be able to confirm that she was the girl in the video.

Just weeks after being sentenced to 30 years in prison for molesting a child, Kelly faces 13 counts in Chicago, including multiple counts of manufacturing child pornography, inducing a juvenile to engage in sexual activity and obstructing justice. Two of his former employees have also been charged.