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‘Predator’ R. Kelly groomed girls for decades, trial hears

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New York (AFP) – Prosecutors described R. Kelly as a “predator” who used his fame to groom minors for sex, as an accuser told the opening day of his much-anticipated New York trial Wednesday the disgraced R&B star used to slap her for violating his “rules.” The Grammy-winning artist — wearing a gray suit, purple tie and glasses — sat silently, his head down at times as the prosecution laid out a pattern of violent abuse inside the Brooklyn federal courtroom. Assistant US Attorney Maria Cruz Melendez described Kelly as “a man who for decades used his fame, his popularity and a network of peop…

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