R. Kelly's child porn trial began in Chicago today, six years after the singer was originally charged.
According to Reuters in their opening statements, prosecutors told a jury that Kelly was the mastermind behind a "vile, disturbing and disgusting" sex video with an underaged girl.
"The case will unfold before you frame by disgusting frame," Shauna Boliker of the Cook County state's attorney's office said.
Meanwhile the defense denounced the tape which was to be shown in court today, claiming its origin remains a mystery and that neither Kelly nor the alleged victim is depicted in it.
According to the prosecution, the tape was made some time between January 1998 and November 2000 when the girl was 13 or 14. Denying it is her in the video the girl refused to testify against Kelly and may instead be called as a defense witness.
In 2002 The tape in question was turned over to police by The Chicago Sun-Times and after reviewing it, the FBI concluded that they could not identify Kelly.
Kelly's defense lawyer, Sam Adam, Jr. said, "The tape you're going to see here is at best a copy of a copy of a copy of the original."
"It has gone through five or six generations and there are no identifying marks," Adam added.
According to the defense, police took pictures of Kelly in his underwear and a "significant mole" was present on his lower back that is not present on the man in the tape.
The trial which is projected to last up to seven weeks is being presided over by Judge Vincent Gaughan of the Cook County Criminal Court.
The Grammy award winning R&B singer faces 14 counts of child pornography charges and if convicted could face up to 15 years in prison.
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