She once didn’t follow what she called “Rob’s Rules”.
“That’s when he slapped me and choked me until I passed out,” she said, recalling collapsing on the floor of the room. Mr. Kelly’s home in the Chicago area. “I remember he just put his hand around my neck.”
Although she was only 16, she said, Mr. Kelly wanted her to dress younger: “He wanted me to do my hair in pigtails and dress like a Girl Scout.” Ms Pace told the jury.
Ms Pace said Mr Kelly started having sex with her in 2009, when she was 16. She said she first told him she was 19, but that when she revealed her true age, that didn’t diminish Mr Kelly’s interest in her.
Mr Kelly’s attorneys attempted to portray Ms Pace as a jealous “superfan” who concocted lies while he lost interest in her. “You were actually stalking him, weren’t you?” Deveraux Cannick, one of the singer’s lawyers, said during his cross-examination. (Ms. Pace said she wasn’t.)
Three other accusers are expected to testify.
R. Kelly used a bribe to marry Aaliyah when she was 15.
The first time Demetrius Smith, Mr. Kelly’s former tour manager, heard Aaliyah sing in the fall of 1992, “it was something special,” he said on Friday. Mr. Kelly played the piano and she sang. The music was “angelic,” Mr. Smith said.
Mr Smith, who worked for Mr Kelly when the singer first became famous, said that after a day of making music together at his parents’ house in Detroit, the singers began to work closely together. .
Aaliyah was only 12 at the time, prosecutors said. Mr. Kelly, who was in his twenties, quickly started having sex with her anyway.