The alleged victim's best friend, Simha Jamison, took the stand this morning, identifying both R. Kelly and the alleged victim as being on the tape.
Wearing a black vest and white short, Jamison, now 24, testified that she and the alleged victim had hung out with Kelly "dozens of times" with he played basketball and recorded tracks at his studio.
The alleged victim had introduced her to Kelly when they were both 12, saying Kelly was her "godfather," Jamison said.
She'd seen Kelly hand the alleged victim cash many times. Kelly handed over between $100 and $500 on each occasion, and Jamison and the alleged victim would then go shopping, she said.
Jamison said the pair were best friends and that they spent "every day" together, playing basketball and hanging out. They played on a summer basketball team together.
The alleged victim's parents would drive Jamison and the alleged victim to "Hoops" the near West Side gym were Kelly and his pals played basketball, and also to "Trax," a recording studio downtown, she said.
The girls would watch Kelly record, and sometimes the alleged victim stayed late, Jamison said.
Jamison said she'd been with the alleged victim to Kelly's former house on the North Side. Shown photos of the room where prosecutors allege Kelly filmed the sex tape, she identified it as his "sauna room."
She said she had seen the tape in February 2002 at a friend's house in Oak Park. She said she recognised the alleged victim because "I know her like the back of my hand," adding that she recognized the alleged victim's hairstyle on the tape.
"We got our hair cut the same way together," she said, "It was a mullet - short at the top and long at the back."
The alleged victim would have been "13 or 14" at the time the tape was made, she said.
Asked to identify Kelly in court, she pointed out his "corn rows" and "tan suit."
She said she had last seen the alleged victim six years ago, in passing, at a downtown store.
Jamison's legal guardian, Peter Thomas, also testified that he could identify the alleged victim on the tape, estimating her age to be "15 or 16". Thomas called police in March 2002 to tell them that he believed he could identify the girl on the tape, based on what Jamison had told him about it. He later identified the alleged victim from a still photo taken from the tape, which police showed him.
Defense attorney Ed Genson suggested that Thomas had identified the girl in the police picture based on rumors swirling around Oak Park at the time. But Thomas, who was shown the tape for the first time this morning, said, "The picture I saw was of (the alleged victim)."