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R. Kelly is a ‘predator,’ prosecutor says as R&B singer’s sex abuse trial starts

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By Brendan Pierson and Karen Freifeld NEW YORK (Reuters) -R. Kelly went on trial on Wednesday in Brooklyn on charges he was the ringleader of a two-decade scheme where he recruited women and underage girls for sex, with a prosecutor calling the R&B superstar a “predator.” Opening statements are being delivered to a jury of seven men and five women, who will decide the 54-year-old Kelly’s fate. Kelly, a three-time Grammy winner whose songs include “I Believe I Can Fly” and “Bump N’ Grind,” has pleaded not guilty and strongly denied wrongdoing. The trial, delayed several times by the pandemic an…

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