Throughout the singer R. Kelly’s six-week trial, federal prosecutors called 45 witnesses, including former employees, a doctor who treated him for herpes for more than a decade and relatives of his accusers. But the foundation of the case was based on his encounters with several women, some of whose identities were shielded in court.
The R&B artist Aaliyah
Mr. Kelly met Aaliyah in 1992 at her family home in Michigan, and produced her debut album, “Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number.”
By the time she was 13, he had begun to sexually abuse her, prosecutors said. In 1994, Mr. Kelly illegally married her, believing that she may have been pregnant and seeking to avoid prosecution. The two had a 10-minute ceremony in a Sheraton hotel room in the Chicago area. Their marriage was later annulled.
Aaliyah, whose full name was Aaliyah Dana Haughton, died in 2001 in a plane crash at 22.
Jerhonda Pace, the first accuser to testify
Ms. Pace took the stand on the first two days of the trial, becoming the first accuser to ever testify against Mr. Kelly in court. She was also one of the earliest women to go public with her accusations in a 2017 BuzzFeed article that set off a round of public outrage against the singer.
She testified that Mr. Kelly had sex with her in 2009, when she was 16 and he was in his 40s.
Angela, a backup singer who said she was in high school when the abuse began
As the first victim to make a statement at the sentencing hearing, a woman who gave her name only as Angela, said previously that she met Mr. Kelly around 1991, when she was between 14 and 15.
Mr. Kelly began to have sex with her while she was underage and a student in high school, she testified during the trial last year. She also recounted how he often pressured her and several other backup performers to have sex.
Angela was also the first accuser to testify that she had seen Mr. Kelly and Aaliyah engaged in sexual acts.
During the sentencing hearing, Angela stood at a lectern as she looked directly at Mr. Kelly and spoke in an unwavering voice. She called Mr. Kelly a Pied Piper who lured children with his money and celebrity.
“With every addition of a new victim, you grew in wickedness,” she said. “You used your fame and power to groom and coach underage boys and girls for your own sexual gratification.”
Today “we reclaim our names,” she said. “We are no longer the preyed-upon individuals we once were.”
Stephanie, who was also underage when she was abused
A woman who took the stand during the trial giving only her first name, Stephanie, said that she approached Mr. Kelly at a Nike store in 1999, when she was 17, to ask him for an audition for a friend who aspired to be a singer.
Mr. Kelly agreed, in return for sexual favors, she said. The next six months were “the lowest time of my life,” Stephanie told jurors.
A woman who testified under a pseudonym
The woman, who gave some of the most graphic testimony of physical and sexual abuse at trial, had initially backed Mr. Kelly in a high-profile interview with Gayle King of “CBS This Morning” in 2019.
But she told jurors the singer often instructed her to rehearse answers to potential questions from reporters or the…