Three witnesses say their relative is not the girl on tape

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R. Kelly's defense team kicked off their case this afternoon by calling three relatives of the girl who allegedly appears in the sex tape — each of whom said the girl on the tape is not their relative.

Shonna Edwards, 27, was in a singing group with her relative, now 23, during the 1990s, she said. The group toured throughout Europe, she said.

"Was the female in the tape your [relative]?" asked defense lawyer Ed Genson.

"No, she definitely wasn't her," Shonna Edwards said.

Shonna Edwards said she had seen Kelly perform at her junior high school back in the 1990s, and admitted she had hung out at Kelly's recording studio. Asked if she thought the man on the tape was Kelly, she said, "From what I know of him, that does not appear to be him."

Prosecutors allege the sex tape was made when the alleged victim was 13 to 16 years old.

"Was her body as developed as it was on that tape?" Genson asked Shonna Edwards.

"No, it wasn't," she said.

Prosecutors showed each of the three witnesses a photo of the alleged victim next to a frame from the sex video. The side-by-side pictures were projected on a large screen in the courtroom. Prosecutors asked each of them to say whether it was "possible" they were the same girl. Each of the three witnesses said no.

Cross examining Leroy Edwards, another relative, prosecutor Bob Heilingoetter seemed incredulous. "And it's your testimony that you don't recognize this girl?"

"No, I don't," Leroy Edwards said.

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this is the problem with a trial where the victim doesn't want the defendant to be convicted. free kells!

THAT IS SO F&(*%&D UP HOW SOME OF THE FAMILY SAY YES ITS HER AND THE OTHERS SAY NO, THEY MUST BE THE ONES STILL ON R's PAYROLL, ALONG WITH THE GIRL & HER PARENTS. HOW COME THE LAW CANT MAKE THEM TESTIFY? YES I CAN SEE WHY THIS FAMILY IS DIVIDED. CHECK HIS PAST MAN HE MARRIED A 15 YEAR OLD GIRL. ASK HIS BROTHER WHY WOULD HE TELL LIES ON HIM, AND WHY WOULD HIS BROTHER PUT OUT HE HAD RELATIONS WITH A 12 YEAR OLD RELATIVE. WHY HAS HE BEEN ALLOWED TO SETTLE SO MANY CASES OUT OF COURT WITH OTHER YOUNG WOMEN. THIS MAN HAS A SICKNESS. IF THIS WOULD HAVE NOT CAME OUT WOULD THEY HAVE WAITED TILL HE HARMED HIS OWN DAUGHTER, BUT SEXUAL PREDATORS DON'T MESS WITH THEIR OWN? WE HAVE HEARD SO MUCH OF HIS SORDID SEX LIFE FROM THREESOMES, UNDERAGE AND HIS OWN BROTHER SAID HE'S BI-SEXUAL AS WELL,& THEY QUESTION THIS, THIS IS A MAN WHO MAKES SONGS ABOUT CARS, FOOD AND ANIMALS IN SEXUAL CONNOTATIONS. I SAW A TERRIBLE VERSION OF DVD & MY EYESIGHT HAS DEGENERATED BUT ANY PERSON COULD SEE THAT IS HIM ADJUSTING THE CAMERA. AS FOR THE MOLE HE COULD HAVE JUST GOT A NEW TATTOO, THEY DON'T HAVE A DEFENSE. IF R. KELLY WALKS IT JUST GOES TO SHOW DOESN'T MATTER THE CRIME, RACE, JUST THE MONEY & STATUS! OLD SAYIN
"WALK LIKE ,TALK LIKE, MUST BE", a sEXUAL PREDATOR IS AS THE NEW SONG GOES AN "OLE R.KELLY LOOKIN BOY" HE'S ON THE!
THE REMIX KILLER IS A LITTLE GIRL THRILLER!

I just read the "Stephanie "Sparkle" Edwards" interview. What a load of garbage. Here's a quote in the beginning of the interview...

Q. [Your niece] would have turned 17 this past September. You said she looked 15 when this was done.

A. She's probably 14, 'cause the hairdo and everything.

Q. Why do you place it back that far?

A. By looking at the hairdo. And when I saw it the first time, listening to the background, I remember the music, what was being played. I just remember the Backstreet [Boys] song, and I try to remember when that was out. She looks about 14."She's probably 14, 'cause the hairdo and everything."


Now here's a quote from the end

Q. How can you say she's 14 there?

A. I can't say with certainty. But with the hairdo. She doesn't have her hair like that now. She wears braids now. And by this tape, it looks like she's been doing it longer than 14. It's definitely a plan, a script, she's used to it, she's like, "Now I have to do this."

Wake up people! This fraud Sparkle is lying through her teeth.
The Kansas dudes is going to rip her butt apart because she put's them in harms way for extortion. These Cats are going to say that there was no threesome, nor there was a sex tape in there persons.

Sparkle is mad about her sagging music career and is trying to hurt the " R ".. If the girl say its not her, then the jury must throw the case out...

Degoraitis is hiding something here to plead the fifth!! Dude is protecting Sparkle for fabricating this entire soap-opera of a show...Why? do you think R. Kelly made trapped in the closet videos...Its about his personal life of how people are out for his wallet/blood because he shifted his attention towards positive people looking out for his best interest of heart..

But, Hell no! Not sparkle....

Remember her song fron changing faces...Be Careful!!

It might turn around on you!!! Yeah B#### those same lyrics will comeback and bite you're Boo-boo..

In the court of law: Any persons who take the 5th or get's immunity is hiding the true facts that can perjure themselves to prison..

Sparkle & Lisa Van- Allen..Yul Brown will serve time in the slammer...Not Robert Kelly..

"R" Keep hit'em upside there heads with those remixes..Customer

WHAT'S YOUR POINT?

This whole thing is ridiculos. It is obviously R Kelly on the tape with the 13 year old girl. The jury will make up their own mind and they will not be brainwashed by Kelly's defence to the point that seeing is not believing. The Defence wants to convince the jury not to trust their own eyes. When this whole thing first happened Kelly tried to say it was his brother and that he would pay him off if he would take the weight. Now the story is somebody else is pretending to be him on the tape. I like R Kelly's music too but this is a lot of crap and he should just admit that he did what he did, pay the money and move on. The FBI said the tape is authentic. He's going to lose this case.

To Lokifella, Sparkle didn't make the tape. She's not the one adjusting the video camera. Why are you blaming her? So what, Kelly can sing but so can she and she's not out having sex with children. Kelly has had many young girls come foward to say that he's had sex with them but those children's families were paid off just like the Edwards were. Sparkle still looks fly and is not working a 9 to 5 to look that way so she's good. Her life is not over but Kelly's is about to take a 15 year detour. the Sun-Times reporter is not protecting Sparkle. If he made a copy of kiddie porn, he's protecting himself. You Kelly supporters are all the same, using a bunch of words to say nothing and a little uneducated. The jury will decide the fate of your idol and then he can practice his bi-sexuality in prision where all child rapist belong.

To Lolifella and Alpump

You must be some of the Rrra's people. It is no secret that this musical creep has been carrying on indiscrecions with underaged girls for years.
Yes, some of the witnesses on the prosecution AND THE defense team may have their own self-serving motives for testifying, but this does not make him innocent.
Since the alleged victim has been humiliated and been the talk of the country. Her classmatess did not have a problem calling her pee face and the press did everything they legally could to exploit her, why would she come forward? Even if it is not her, there is still another young woman out there that he victimized so he still needs to be held accountable regardless.
Most people in the victim's position would take the money and keep quiet too hoping it will all go away.
It is so sad that people don't care about what happens others especially when it comes to money.
I hope they lock him up and away from his children and anybody else's.

If he is guilty, he deserves the punishment. And if thats the case , all parties that participated in the threesomes, and sexual acts should be held accountable also. I can understand why this case is so high profile and why it has gone to trial. A black guy, musician, and a millionaire. But what I can't understan is why the men ate the Polygamist ranch don't deserve the same treatment. You give these kids back, no charges are pressed, and set restrictions. State can go into the ranch between hours 8-8 I believe. Who in theire right mind want wait until those hours are up, to continue living their lifestyle. The Polygomist, the children at the ranch and all the old men, regardless of religion. (religion, humm)should be tried and be held accountable for all the rape thats going on there.

I agree with you L Sparkle is money hungry, jealous and mad because she was a one hit wonder. The question everyone wants to know is if it's R. Kelly on the tape. I saw the tape back in the day and I remember it vividly and I dont think it is him. his brother put it out there cuz he asked R. Kelly for money and he told him no that was years ago and now it's just hitting the surface. I wasnt there so i dont know the facts but if it was him, then he will be in my prayers but I'm so tired of everybody only focusing on R. Kelly. He is not the only one that has sex with groupe women. it just so happens some get past security and some dont. These rap stars and r and b singers have women over them all the time and are under some sort of influence, stuff happens. As for him being married to aaliyah, R.I.P., that was over 10 years ago and what if someone judge you for the things you did in the past? He is not a child molester because YOU WERE NOT IN THE ROOM ADJUSTING THE TAPE SO HOW DARE YOU JUDGE HIM LIKE THAT IF YOU DONT KNOW THE TRUTH. THE BROAD IS BROKE AND SHE WANTS MONEY AND HE SAID NO! SIMPLE AS THAT. HER AND THE OTHER BROAD WHO IS ENGAGED TO SOMEONE ELSE! LISTEN TO THE SONGS HE WRITES. DOUBLE UP ALBUM~ ROLLIN~ NOW EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE HIS FRIEND. YOU WILL SEE IN THE END WHEN THE CASE IS DISMISSED. No one wants to see a black man prosper like that but oh he will and they will look like an ass in the end. and if the woman said she had a 3-some with him and the little girl she ought to be prosecuted as well!!! she is admitting it in court.

I believe this whole thing is important to the safety of kids, however this is just as serious as the 911 sham thats been going on since 2001. If R Kelly is using the defense of "mole" and "adobe photoshop" then I have to wonder if Bush & his administration can say 747/757 planes caused the "perfect" dropping of the WTC and the WTC 7 (not even hit by a plan) and it was televised on world wide television then why not R Kelly claiming a mole in defense. I believe that people should pay for their crimes and if R Kelly is headed for a 15 yr jail term I hope that Bush and the entire administration that ordered the 911 strike will be in a prison across the street.

On one hand you stated that if we weren't in the room adjusting the camera how do we know that it's R Kelly? On the other hand you are so sure that Sparkle is broke. Well, she is not, now who doesn't know the facts? Many serious crimes have no statue of limitations which is why he can still be prosecuted and no, what he did in the past will not be swept under a rug. This is a serious crime even if he can sing or has ghetto millions. You're not seeing the point of the charges. It's not that he slept with a lot of 'women/men', (whatever), it's that he slept with a child. Many people don't care if a black man is prosperous, there is plenty of money to go around. R Kelly is not even on many people's radar. When you supporters don't know what else to say, you all scream 'race'. No one really cares about his little money, however many do care when you abuse a 'child'. Sparkle doesn't have Spielberg money so there is no way in hell she or the reporter could've made a tape like that. I can't say this enough, you R Kelly supporters are a bit on the 'uneducated' end of the stick. As for Lisa, she was a child when he started sexing her. She made a deal and will not be prosecuted and I'm so happy for her. This trial is not about Lisa, Sparkle or anyone else. The state of Illinois is trying to get your idol, that sick pervert off the streets. Mabey if he's set free, you'll allow him to have sex with a little girl in your family! You can bet, he will rape someone's daughter again just like he raped Alliyah and the kid on the tape with him...You supporters are a bit scary.

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