CHICAGO - A recent employee of R Kelly testified on Tuesday that she did not want to believe the R&B superstar appeared on a sex tape at the centre of his child pornography trial because he was such a good boss.
But now she is sure he did.
Lindsey Perryman, who worked as a personal assistant to Kelly and his family on and off from around 2000 to 2007, was among the latest witnesses to identify Kelly and the alleged victim as the ones on the graphic 27-minute video tape.
"I didn't want to think it was them," Perryman said, the 41-year-old Kelly sitting at the defence table just metres away.
Perryman said she never saw anything that might make her think the Grammy-winning singer might be involved in anything untoward, even after he was indicted in 2002.
"He treated the people that worked with him extremely well," Perryman said.
"There was never any reason to walk away and say I would call the police."
Kelly is charged with 14 counts of child pornography for allegedly video-taping himself having sex with an underage girl.
He has pleaded not guilty and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
Kelly's attorneys have said he is not on the tape, even noting that the singer has a mole on his back and the man on the tape does not.
The alleged victim, now 23, has also denied she is on the tape - putting the onus on prosecutors to call witnesses who can testify it is her.
Prosecutors claim the tape was made between January11998, and November 1 2000, and that the young female in the tape was born in September 1984.
Several other prosecution witnesses also testified on Tuesday that the female participant on the video tape was the same person prosecutors say was as young as 13 at the time.
Earlier in the day, Kelly's lawyers accused Raven Gengler of lying to help the prosecution's case when she testified that she is certain the girl on the video tape was her childhood friend.
Gengler, 22, said she first saw the video after downloading it several years ago from an Internet file-sharing site, after the tape had become the talk of her neighbourhood.
Within hours of their opening statements last week, prosecutors entered the VHS tape into the record as "People's Exhibit No 1" and played it in open court. - Sapa