R Kelly trial: Day Eight

Singer's ex-employee IDs him in the sex tape

R Kelly trial: Day Eight
R Kelly's former employee testified today (May 27) that she recognised her ex-boss in the sex tape at the center of his child pornography trial.

Lindsey Perryman, Kelly's personal assistant from approximately 2000 to 2007, said that she believed the R&B star was the man who appeared in the graphic 27-minute video.

"The image I saw looked exactly like Mr. Kelly," she said, adding she was "shocked" and "disturbed" by the video, reports the Associated Press.

Perryman also identified the alleged victim in the tape, whom she saw come and go from Kelly's Chicago music studio several times. It is believed that the girl in the video was approximately 13 at the time the sex tape was made.

Additional witnesses identified the alleged victim in the Chicago courthouse today, including Tjada Burnett who said she recognised her friend because of her facial structure, nose and cheekbones.

Kelly faces child pornography charges for allegedly videotaping himself having sex with a minor some time between 1998 and 2000.

If Kelly is found guilty of the charges, he could face up to 15 years in prison.

The Grammy-winning artist is due to release a new album in July.

--By our Los Angeles staff.
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