Tape shown to jury

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The tape at the center of the case was played for the jury shortly after 1:30 p.m. this afternoon after Kelly's attorneys failed in a last minute bid to prevent it being shown.

Court staff drew the shades and turned off the lights so that the video could be displayed on a 6ft wide screen. The courtroom, which had been filled with nervous laughter as Judge Gaughan made a joke just moments earlier, fell to complete silence as the tape was played.

After a little futzing with the AV equipment, prosecutors finally ran the tape.

Kelly wore a deep frown, with two dark furrows between his eyebrows, occasionally putting his finger to his lips and resting his head on his left hand while the tape played.

Some jurors scribbled notes, while others adopted a similar pose to Kelly, resting their head on their hands. None showed any obvious outward emotion.

The tape - as has been extensively reported over the last five plus years - showed a man who appeared to be Kelly handing cash to a girl who appears to be underage, then engaging in a series of sex acts, including oral sex, intercourse and sexual urination. The girl refers to the man who appears to be Kelly as "daddy" on the tape and she has a vacant expression as she dances suggestively for him.

Backstreet Boys and Spice Girls hits dating to the late 90s played in the background, while the wood-paneled room, with a bearskin rug and potted plants is clearly visible in the tape. Prosecutors allege it is the basement of Kelly's former home.

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get another defense...a mole can grow in a matter of months on the skin..and since the video was made, the one you NOW have is well defined, as it should be...i remember he once accused his brother...does he not have a mole? you did the crime now serve your time....

God, I feel so sorry for that girl. I know she's a woman now, and pretending it wasn't her, but I wish she'd stand up for all the sexually abused girls out there and tell the truth.

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