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R. Kelly trial: former aide IDs singer on tape

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(FROM AP) ? A former personal assistant to singer R. Kelly has identified the R&B singer as the man seen having sex with an alleged minor on the sex tape at the center of Kelly’s child pornography trial currently underway in Chicago. Lindsey Perryman, who worked for Kelly and his family on and off from around 2000 to 2007, identified Kelly and the alleged victim in the graphic 27-minute videotape, which was shown in open court last week just hours after prosecutors’ opening statements. Kelly is charged with 14 counts of child pornography for allegedly videotaping himself having sex with an underage girl. He has pleaded not guilty and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted. His lawyers have claimed that he is not the man seen in the tape, noting that Kelly has a mole on his back and the man on the tape does not, and even suggesting that the singer’s head could have been digitally imposed on someone else’s body in the tape. The alleged victim has also said she is not the person seen on the tape. Several witnesses have testified that the female participant, who the prosecution say was 13 at the time of the taping, is the girl prosecutors say she is. The defense has yet to call its witnesses. (AP via Yahoo!)

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