Lisa Van Allen takes the stand

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The long-delayed testimony we've all been waiting for has finally arrived.

Lisa Van Allen—the prosecution witness expected to testify that she took part in three-way sex with R. Kelly and his alleged victim—has taken the stand. Her evidence could be crucial, since no other prosecution witness is expected to testify that they actually saw Kelly and the girl have sex first-hand.

She's also expected to testify that Kelly's aides attempted to pay her off to keep her from testifying.

The Sun-Times exclusively revealed Van Allen's likely testimony three weeks ago. But the defense has battled in secret hearings to prevent her from testifying for nearly two months. Originally slated to testify Tuesday last week, she has three times been asked to wait a day after last-minute legal arguments between Kelly's attorneys and the state.

More members of the public have shown up today than on any previous day of the trial. They're expecting fireworks.

There was one final delay this morning when the prosecution filed a motion to exclude the evidence of Damon Pryor, Van Allen's ex-boyfriend.

Also this morning, before the jury took their seats, Judge Gaughan cautioned Van Allen that she might incriminate herself on the stand. Gaughan noted that Van Allen has her own attorney to advise her.

But now, before the packed courtroom, Van Allen – wearing a black dress - has begun her testimony.

Stay tuned.

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This page contains a single entry by Kim Janssen published on June 2, 2008 9:20 AM.

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