Witness Says R. Kelly Is Man In Sex Tape
LATEST: The former best friend of the 13-year-old girl who allegedly features in the explicit video at the centre of the R. KELLY child pornography trial has named the star as the man who appears in the footage.
Simha Jamison, now 24, testified on the second full day of the singer's trial in Chicago, Illinois on Wednesday (21May08) stating she believed her friend Roshona Landfair, now 23, to be the underage girl in the video.
And when asked who she believed the man in the video tape to be, she replied, "Her Godfather, R. Kelly".
Jamison told the court she met the Grammy-winner through Landfair, who introduced the star as her "Godfather".
Jamison went on to tell the court she recognised the girl in the video as her former friend from her face and a "mullet" haircut the two girls had both sported at the time.
The witness told Cook County prosecutor Shauna Boliker she had previously seen the tape in question in February 2002.
The girl in the video, thought to be either 13 or 14 years old at the time, has maintained that she isn't the female in the footage, and Kelly's attorneys backed up her claims.
On Tuesday (20May08), Kelly's lawyers insisted the man in the video bears key physical differences from the star.
Kelly stands accused of videotaping himself having sex with a 13-year-old girl, and could face up to 15 years in prison if found guilty.
The trial continues.