Tom Arnold, who was the manager of his studio, told the jury about Kelly’s pay system: When employees made a mistake, he reduced their salary or took them off altogether.
The statements were made this week when Arnold, who worked with the singer from 2004 to 2011, was one of the witnesses against him, in the case he faces in the creator of hits such as “Ignition” and “I Believe I Can Fly”. for sexual abuse of several women.
In testifying against R Kelly, Arnold revealed that on several occasions he was “fined” for making a mistake, but that the final straw came in October 2011, when Kelly fined him a full week’s salary for hiring a tour guide. male at Disney World.
“It had to be a woman,” Arnold said on the bench in Brooklyn Federal Court, adding that that’s why he resigned.
This week also another of his former employees, Anthonhy Navarro, compared the experience of working with R. Kelly, as something taken from the horror scene The Twilight Zone, indicating that on one occasion the musician, whose fortune is believed to have been $ 150 million, he was enraged at someone who ate his donuts.
Navarro, who worked in Kelly’s studio at his suburban Chicago home, said it was very uncomfortable working for him. “The music and the production were really good. All the other things were a little strange… It was almost like the Twilight Zone: you walked through this door and then it was almost like you were in a different world, just in a strange place. “
He said that it was a work system with various prohibitions, such as: he could not speak to any of the women who were or were coming to the house. That was a rule for him, and for all employees. Likewise, no decision could be made without the authorization of his boss, although sometimes he had to wait hours or even days for him.
Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is on trial in Brooklyn Federal Court on charges of running a criminal enterprise to recruit and train girls, boys and young women to have sex with him. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
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