- R. Kelly’s attorney, Devereaux Cannick, asked a witness on Tuesday whether the singer’s accusers were twerking.
- “Twerking is a vulgar dance, isn’t it?” He asked and asked if they were “shaking their butt”.
- Cannick blasted an accuser earlier in the trial over whether she had twerked.
A defense attorney for R. Kelly has repeatedly questioned witnesses at the singer’s sex crimes trial about women circling the singer, asking a witness on the stand Tuesday if his “girlfriends” “were shaking their heads. buttocks”.
“Twerking is a vulgar dance, isn’t it?” Lawyer Deveraux Cannick asked Suzette Mayweather, one of Kelly’s former assistants, to add, “That’s when they shake their butt, right?”
Cannick’s questions were asked Tuesday during the cross-examination of Suzette Mayweather, who worked as an assistant for Kelly – real name Robert Sylvester Kelly. Mayweather worked for the singer between 2015 and 2017, along with her twin sister. Kelly called them both “Twin,” she said.
Mayweather, testifying under subpoena, described how Kelly controlled his various “girlfriends” while living in Chicago’s Trump Tower and traveling on tour. Women were required to wear loose clothing, were not allowed to view or interact with other men and could not use the restroom without his permission, Mayweather said.
“They were not free to move around without asking him first,” she said.
Prosecutors charged Kelly with numerous sex crimes, accusing her of ordering employees to recruit women for sex and then sexually assault them. Several accusers have already testified at the trial, which is scheduled to last until the end of September and takes place in a federal courthouse in Brooklyn, and described how Kelly has maintained control over every detail of their day-to-day lives. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges against him.
Mayweather testified about a birthday party in January 2016, held at Kelly’s music studio in downtown Chicago. She said all of Kelly’s girlfriends were present, as well as people related to Kelly’s family friends. Mayweather said Kelly got mad at her “girlfriends” for their behavior at the party.
“He didn’t like an incident where they were looking for cake,” Mayweather said.
Cannick grabbed the comment during cross-examination on Tuesday afternoon, asking if the twerk was a “vulgar dance” and involved “shaking your butt” while questioning Mayweather in front of the jury.
The movement, with origins in hip hop music, indeed involves dancing behind the scenes and briefly became something of a meme after pop singer Miley Cyrus performed it at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
Cannick leaned Mayweather more on the dance.
“Have you ever heard of ‘let it go’? He asked, apparently referring to another popular dance move in nightclubs.
But prosecutors objected to the question – Mayweather had not testified about the “dropout” – and Cannick withdrew the question after laughing for several seconds.
This isn’t the first time Cannick has asked questions about twerking.
Cannick, one of the four attorneys representing Kelly in the case, had previously asked other witnesses about the twerk. An accuser who testified at trial last week said she met Kelly at the age of 17 after one of her concerts.
She said that during the concert, a member of her entourage invited her to the stage, and that she was dancing. Cannick toasted her about dancing.
“Did you twerk? Cannick asked. The accuser said she “moved my body like everyone else.”
“But when you moved your body like everyone else, you twerked, didn’t you?” Cannick thundered in response.
Interviewing another accuser earlier in the trial, who said Kelly had sex with her when she was 16, Cannick asked if she identified as a “groupie”.
Later Tuesday, as Cannick questioned Mayweather at the stand, he asked Ann Donnelly, the presiding judge, if they could take a break. He seemed disorganized, taking several minutes to go through his notes and determine what questions to keep asking her.