This trial has already seen its fair share of dramatic witnesses fly in from out of state.
Now two Kansas City men who have not been called as witnesses have promised to arrive in Chicago Thursday with what they say will be devastating revelations about Kelly and his child porn case.
Keith Murrell and Charles Freeman's names were brought up in court for the first time Monday.
Lisa Van Allen - the Atlanta woman who says she had a videotaped threesome with Kelly and the alleged victim in this case - said Murrell was paid $20,000 by Kelly's business manager Derrel McDavid to return a tape of that threesome. If that second sex tape exists, it has never been seen by authorities.
Also Monday, Kelly's attorney, Sam Adam Sr., alleged Murrell and Freeman had teamed up to fake the tape at the center of the case. Van Allen's former boyfriend, Damon Pryor, would testify Van Allen told him that Murrell and Freeman planned to extort money from Kelly with the faked tape, Adam said.
Both Murrell and Freeman have been talking with reporters behind the scenes since Van Allen announced Murrell's cell phone number in court Monday afternoon.
Both deny faking the tape at the center of the case. Both refuse to say whether they have seen the alleged second tape of the alleged threesome Van Allen testified about. Both also refuse to say whether they have - or know of - any remaining copies of that alleged second tape. And both say they will reveal all when they arrive in Chicago on Thursday.
"The truth lies in Kansas!," Freeman said Tuesday night in a telephone interview. Murrell, also speaking via phone, added, "Everything will come out when we get to Chicago. It will be big news."
Murrell, who has not been as talkative as Freeman, added that he was upset "that my name has been brought into this. I'm going to straighten it out."
Freeman, who was referred to as "Chuck" by Adam in court Monday, has had a previous run-in with Kelly in the courts, records show. He sued Kelly in 2002, alleging Kelly had not fully paid him for recovering a stolen video tape.
According to that lawsuit, a private investigator called Jack Palladino employed by Kelly offered Freeman $100,000, plus up to $40,000 in expenses to recover the tape. Freeman recovered the tape and took a lie detector test, but Kelly paid him only $65,000, the lawsuit alleges.
Speaking Tuesday night, Freeman said that the tape referred to in the lawsuit was the same one at the center of R. Kelly's trial. He recovered it from "someone in Atlanta," he said, refusing to say whether that person was Van Allen. Kelly settled the suit, he added.
Freeman said that he had met Kelly in 1991 when Kelly was on tour with his group, "Public Announcement." He went on to handle the merchandising for Kelly's "12 Play" album, he said, adding that he managed a band called "Talent" that Kelly signed to his label. Murrell was a member of "Talent," he said.
Freeman said he met Van Allen in Florida in 2000, while visiting Kelly in a recording studio. "There were difficulties with the group (Talent) and I had to go down there and fix it," he said.
He said he considered Van Allen "a friend" who had done "nothing to hurt" him while testifying Monday.
"She got on the stand and did what she had to," he said.
Freeman denied faking the tape at the center of the trial. "Kelly paid me to recover a tape, so why would I be trying to extort him?," he said. "I never was involved in a scam to con money out of R. Kelly."
He described Kelly as "a hell of a producer and singer, with some issues.”
“There’s more to this case than R. Kelly,” he added.
"We're gonna have a press conference Thursday when we get here and everyone will see."
Murrell and Freeman's attorney, James Scott, said Tuesday that prosecutors had been in touch with both men. Scott said he would join Murrell and Freeman in Chicago on Thursday.