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R Kelly Refuse To Testify In Court

 

R. Kelly told a judge on Wednesday that he will not testify in his own defense, as his federal sex crimes trial nears its end.


The singer made the announcement after the defense wrapped up questioning of their last witness, a former consultant to the singer who said he never saw Kelly abuse women.


Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn have accused R. Kelly of sexually abusing more than 20 girls, women, and men, many of them when they were teenagers, and of directing his employees to procure women for sex in what amounted to a criminal enterprise. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him.


The prosecution called more than 40 witnesses — including 11 accusers — over 19 days. The defense called five witnesses between Monday and Wednesday. They are expected to rest their case later Wednesday before each team of lawyers gives their closing arguments.