CHICAGO (AP) — A forensic expert testified Thursday at R. Kelly's child pornography trial that a fingernail-sized mark seen on the lower back of the man in the sex tape at the center of the case was not a mole but video distortion.
Video analysis expert Charles Palm testified for the defense that the black mark appears — and disappears — because the video has been duplicated so many times.
Jurors last week watched a 4-by-4-foot monitor where freeze frames of the man's back were shown. Just above his waistline was a mark that the prosecution's forensics expert, Grant Fredericks, said appeared to be a mole. He compared the frames with 2002 police photos of Kelly's back, concluding the spots were in the exact same position.
Palm disagreed Thursday.
"I see a black mark but it doesn't appear to be a mole," Palm said.
Kelly, 41, who won a Grammy Award in 1997 for the song "I Believe I Can Fly" and whose biggest hits are raunchy ballads like "Ignition," is charged with child pornography for allegedly videotaping himself having sex with a female who prosecutors say was as young as 13. He has pleaded not guilty and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
Both Kelly and the alleged victim, who is now 23, deny it's them in the video.
Palm disagreed with Fredericks and another prosecution witness who testified that digitally altering the nearly half-hour video — 100,000 frames on the entire footage — would be practically impossible, requiring that someone go through each frame to calibrate everything from shadows to blinks of an eye so that they all move in perfect sync.
Palm testified that a video like the one at the heart of the case could be mocked up in mere months. By way of example, he showed jurors footage of the sex tape that he manipulated. In it, images of the male and female fade in and out against the tape's distinctive log-cabin background.
"I created most of that over a couple of spare hours," he said.
On cross-examination Palm acknowledged that the tape shown by prosecutors during opening statements did not appear to be manipulated, but he said the picture quality was too degraded for him to be sure.
Earlier Thursday, a private investigator for Kelly testified that he believes the prosecution's star witness and her fiance were trying to get money out of the singer when they claimed a publisher had offered them a $300,000 deal for a book about Kelly.
Defense witness Jack Palladino said he took the claim by Lisa Van Allen and her fiance, Yul Brown, as an attempt to extort money in exchange for their silence. Van Allen testified earlier this week that she had multiple three-way sexual encounters with Kelly and the alleged victim in the case.
"I assume they were trying to solicit a bribe," Palladino said of a meeting with Allen and Brown in the Atlanta area earlier this year.
Under cross-examination, Palladino conceded that neither Van Allen nor Brown directly asked for a bribe, but he said their language "was a coded way to get money from my client (Kelly)."
Palladino added he was sure no book deal existed.
Prosecutor Robert Heilingoetter countered that a book deal was a plausible claim and that Palladino had no grounds to conclude the couple were trying to extort money.
Also Thursday, defense attorneys continued working to cast doubt on the testimony of prosecution witnesses who said they recognized the alleged victim on the tape.
Several defense investigators told jurors at least one acquaintance who identified the alleged victim for the prosecution had told them earlier that she wasn't sure the alleged victim was on the recording.
I told yall it wasnt R. Kelly in the tape. Free R. Kelly
R.Kelly's best defense is to say that was Avant on the tape and not him,lol.
WHAT UP JON HARPER!!!!!!!! CLEVELAND IN THE HOUSE!!!!
this dude is sick *** hell
It's crazy how both sides had experts and they said different things! lol
somehow he'll get away with it, rkelly is fast becoming the new jacko - we all know he's probably guilty... but he always seems to get off!
LOL @ ALEX
I love me so R. Kelly...BUT he do like lil girls.....
He did it!
I was this *** trial was over already..Its been over 5 years and nothing happening yet!
Enough already. Lock his *** up.
he guilty but he got money and so hes gonna get away i bet if it was someone else they would of done prison time 6 years ago.
Put him in jail, already
Everyone knows he did it....He better do like ya Boy TI and take total responsibility b4 he end up with 15 years......Time to pay up for the *** he's dished out in life....Look at a lot of old pics AND you will probably see the duffle bag...It is him...I saw the tape...
I am in this thing...Reppin my city Norcross...OSDL........
TO R Kelly,
Tell the truth........
WHAT'S CRAZY IS HE IS PROBABLY GONE GET OFF, KNOWING HE DID IT
HE DID IT, AND THEY GONE LET HIM GET AWAY WITH IT
I SAW THE TAPE YEARS AGO.....ITS HIM
slick move playboy,but i think ur caught,u tried tho,i give u that,u think we dont no u got enough money to get that mole removed
LOL @ ALEX....
THEY BOTH DO FAVOR EACH OTHER...BUT DID ANYONE SEEN KELLY'S COUSIN...SHE LOOK JUST LIKE...WELL A LITTLE BETTER AND HE'S A PORN STAR...
ONCE U START MAKING MONEY ALL TYPES OF *** COMES OUT...
These 'experts' don't realize their contradictory interpretations hurt not only their credibility but their fields as well. That's why today I have no faith in the field of pscyhiatry. One rebuts the other. One is tellng the truth while the other is getting paid to 'tell' the truth.
*** it! Couldn't True TV or BET air this courtroom drama? Hell, even Univision?
MAN *** THAT KELLS BETTER NOT ADMIT TO THAT. I WOULDN'T!!! I'LL DENY IT TILL I DIE. I HOPE HE GO FREE LIKE THE REST OF THE PERVERTS THEY LET GO. IF HE WAS A [EXPLETIVE] HE WOULDN'T EVEN BE GOING THRU THIS. THAT HAPPENED YEARS AGO...IF THE FELT VIOLATED THE DAY AFTER THE INCIDENT THEY WOULDA SAID SOMETHING. NOW THEY IN THE REAL WORLD AS AN ADULT AND THEY WANT THAT CASH...OH PUH LEASE... FREE R.KELLY
JUST WATCH HIM AROUND THE KIDS !!!
Mole or no mole, guilty or not guilty; R. Kelly is still so fine that ir is ridiculous. MTO please do more stories on this sexy man!!! If you cant do that, just put random pics of him in other stories. I dont give a ***, just give me more Kelly!!!!
this case is getting ridiculous with each day that passes. . .
first r. kelly says that the guy on the tape has a mole on his back. now he says that the guy on the tape doesn't have a mole on his back.... make- up your mind, child molester!
I dont give a *** if he did it or not he need to make the ending of traped in the closet. and besides that lil *** wanted some grown ***. her mom should of had a better lesh on her neck. with these fast tale girls its hard to telll sometimes cause they thick with big titties.
Knowing him - he proably had it removed. Lock his nasty behind up.
a mole ...
man if you have seen the tape wich i have years ago ,....its that nicca
unless he has a stunt double
"R" is going to go down.. Hurry up and lock his azz up..
I think he probably did have *** with the girl not knowing her age, but I also think the girls were too grown.
Sparkle knew her neice was a fast azz, she shoulda snatched her up!
And I do agree these girls these days are bustin out all over the place! Especially when you have "bust-it-babys" all over TV promoting this hoe-ness to our teenage boys, what can we expect??
R KELLY IS GOING TO JAIL...JAIL...JAIL. AND HAS ANYONE ELSE HEARD THE REMIX HE DID WITH USHER WHERE HE SAYS HE IS A ICE CREAM MAN... WHO RUNS TO THE ICE CREAM MAN'S TRUCK? KIDS. YOUNG KIDS. YOUNG LITTLE GIRLS. OOPS, YOU TOLD ON YOURSELF.
R. KELLY IS GOING TO JAIL...JAIL....JAIL...FINALLY!
IF MICHEAL VICK GOT TO GO TO JAIL, THEN THIS TRICK AZZ BEEYOTCH HAS GOT TO GO TOO. HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN JAIL A LONG TIME AGO.
AND TAKE 'EM BRAIDS OUT OF YOUR HEAD. YOU ARE TOO OLD FOR THAT ***! YA DIRTY ***.
LOCK HIM UP ALREADY. BIG BUBBA IS CELL BLOCK 4 GOT A WIG AND SOME HEELS WAITING FOR HIM.
He did it. So he should bend over and take his punishment in jail. Why is he just prolonging it.
R. KELLY YOU GOING DOWN.......
MTO, y'all keeping reporting late stories.
Any who, I hope everything will work out in my mans favor?!
When they say "NOT GUILTY", people are going to be on his *** again...R.Kelly should just say f*ck those bytches.
R. Kelly is my dude.
I could never hate on that N*gga.
Regardless of his perverted Child molesting ways.
His music is fire.
But this N*gga said something very weird on the Raheem Davaugn "Serve you up" Remix..
And i Quote...
" Baby if your thirsty I got some Good Good Lemonade..."
End Quote.. WTF???!!
SMGDH Cause im confused..
SOMEBODY PLZ GO THE JAIL IF U DID THE CRIME DO THE TIME...
The defense needn't prove the man on the tape isn't Kelly. All they have to do is provide resonable doubt it is Kelly, and they have succeeded. I know a lot of you haters won't like the "not guilty" verdict that is inevitably coming, but start getting used to it. It's going to happen next week.
I think it is soooo pathetic how people are sooo *** quick to say "it was him, he's guilty, lock him up! etc" These are probably the same *** people who know every word to every song he has ever made, and will know every word to every song he CONTINUES to make!! All this *** happend 10 years ago, hell let it go!!! And how can u be so sure it was him?? All u now it could be your Daddy or even ya Husband!! Hell, if the chick felt violated than why didn't she ever come forward?? All this is is a way for the "white man" to keep supressing our Brothers! If R Kelly didn't have any money, he would NOT be an trial! If they wanna blame someone, blame the girls Mama for not knowing where, what, and who her "CHILD" was doing! If R Kelly did do it the chick probably enjoyed it just as much as him if not more, cuz please believe it is NOT hard for him to get some ***!! People need to find something better to do with their time instead of worrying about the next man's move! If the girl and her parents aint worrying about it than why should you?? I wish R Kelly all the luck in the world with his trial as well as his life. And may God bless him, as well as everyone else!! Peace!!
A whole bunch of ***$hit...Kelly you did it so lets see if you can get your way out of this.....
Stickin' by Kellz. It's not him and even if it is, the girl is denying that it's her and sh** she 23 now so...GET OFF HIS JOCK.
FREE R. KELLY!!!!
I don't know what to believe
ITs official he is acquitted of all charges.....check ur cnn.com