Celebrity P.I. Palladino alleges extortion attempt by Van Allen's fiance

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Jack Palladino — a private investigator best known for being hired by Bill Clinton to track down women he'd been linked with — testified Thursday that the fiance of the prosecution's star witness wanted a $300,000 payoff to keep the witness quiet in the R. Kelly case.

Palladino, of San Francisco, was hired by Kelly to conduct investigations connected to the child pornography case against the singer.

The star witness, Lisa Van Allen, testified Monday that she had engaged in threesomes with R. Kelly and the underage girl who allegedly appears in a sex tape with the singer. As part of her testimony, she said she and her fiance, Yul Brown, met with Palladino in March, and that the investigator threatened her.

Palladino said that even before flying to Atlanta for the meeting, "I had a very good idea they would try to extort money... I wanted to give them the opportunity to commit the crime."

According to Palladino, Brown solicited the bribe by mentioning a $300,000 book deal Van Allen potentially had to tell the story of her life with Kelly.

"I didn't believe there was a book deal. The $300,000 was a coded way to get money from my client," Palladino said. The investigator said he unequivocally told Brown that Kelly would not pay them anything.

On cross-examination, prosecutor Bob Heilingoetter noted that neither Brown or Van Allen had ever explicity asked for money.

"I'm trying to figure out where this extortion is, except somewhere between your ears," Heilingoetter said.

But Palladino testified the two repeatedly said they wanted to do what was best for their family and urged the investigator to talk to Kelly.

"There's little doubt about what that meant... It meant, 'I want to take care of them financially'," Palladino said.

Heilingoetter noted Palladino was paid $15,000 for the Atlanta trip. "So for $15,000, you found out that Yul Brown wanted to do what's best for his family. Nice work, detective," Heilingoetter said.

Palladino said he recorded the conversation.

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The 2 bit thieving, lying, wh@#e wanted another 300,000 to go with the 20,ooo dollar watch she lifted for Kelly...

It is still R Kelly having sex with girls under 18 for perverse sex. It was R Kelly that urinated on a 15 year old girl. It was R Kelly that had a threesome with two minors and taped it. Who else but girls without a moral center would engage in that kind of sex. Surprise, surprise. Poor people that have sex with the rich and fanous want to be paid.

If their client is innocent why would R Kelly's lawyer try to prove that somebody tried to take money to be quiet?

R KELLY DID DO IT, BUT AT THE SAME TIME IT WASN'T RAPE IT WAS ALL CONSENTIAL SEX, AND WHY IS IT THAT THEY ARE TRYING TO BURN HIM FOR SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED YEARS AGO. THE FACT IS THESE YOUNG AZZ GIRLS ARE FREAKS AND THEY DO THE NASTIEST SHIIT AND A LOT OF TIMES IT DON'T HAVE TO BE THE MAN THAT PURSUES THE GIRL

R KELLY HAS MADE A VERY BAD MISTAKE BY HAVING SEX WITH THAT YOUNG GIRL, AND YES HE SHOULD BE PUNISHED TO SOME DEGREE HE ISN'T THE ONLY ONE HAVING SEX WITH YOUNG GIRLS, A LOT OF THESE GIRLS ARE OUT THERE DOING WHATEVER WITH WHOEVER AND THAT IS SOMETHING THE PARENTS NEED TO BE GETTING CONTROL OVER INSTEAD OF GETTING ANGRY WHEN THEY FIND OUT THAT THEIR LITTLE GIRL BEEN DOING PORN STYLE SEX WITH GROWN AZZ MEN R KELLY DOES HAVE A PROBLEM AND HE SHOULD
GET SOME HELP AND ADMIT THAT HE IS WRONG FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE WITH THESE YOUNG GIRLS ALL THESE YEARS

WE AS PEOPLE WONDER WHY THEY BOOST GAS PRICES AS THEY WISH, RAISE THE PRICE ON FOODS THAT WE NEED WITHOUT CARING ABOUT WHAT IT DOES TO THE MASSES AND I WILL TELL YOU WHY." THE RICH LOOK AT YOU AS CATTLE, THEY BELIEVE WE ARE SO STUPID THEY CAN BRING A BALD HEADED CHEAP TIE WEARING IDIOT LIKE PALLADINO TO SPEW OFF SOME GARBAGE AND YOU WILL FALL FOR IT. NO MATTER WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT YUL BROWN OR LISA, THE TRUTH IS, SHE WAS THERE JACK!!!, THE MOLE IS STILL THERE JACK!!!AND THAT WONT CHANGE JUST AS SURE AS YOUR HAIR WONT GROW BACK JACK!!!

Please, Trust if I dont know anything else about this trial I do know one thing for sure that Robert Kelly is a child molester and has been for years. I find comfort in the fact that if he dont pay in the court of law he will have to answer to the ultimate judge about his scandilous ways and his lies. People kill me using God to justify his dirty lies and acts. Talking about only God can judge yes I believe we will all have to answer to the almighty at the end of this life but, to sit around and say not to punish CHILD MOLESTERS and protect our children on this earth is a lie that his fans and hangersons use to justify his sickness.

well i still love r kelly and what can you do if the girl and her parents say it aint her but let it go!!!! one thing you cant say if he did do it was it was not rape or molestion...she know what she was doing if you seen the tape and look like she been doing it a long time too!!! I am pretty sure if it was him he wont do it again...i bet he is going to check id from now on...so r i hope you make it through this one and you learn to leave these money hungery people alone... everybody aint ya friend and the sex aint even worth it....I STILL LOVE YOU!!! KEEP YA HEAD UP cant no body judge you but GOD!!!!

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