Dating a woman who was sexually abused as a child
If convicted, Kelly could have been sentenced to 15 years in prison. “I wanted to see everything for myself.” That included watching the notorious video when it was shown several times in court.
(While working at the Chicago Sun-Times, this reporter received the tape anonymously and turned it over to the police; called by Kelly's attorneys to testify, he took the Fifth Amendment rather than revealing sources.)Looking back, Pace says she attended the trial because she was a fan and wanted to know what happened. Prosecutors alleged that the 26-minute, 39-second video depicted Kelly having sex with a 14-year-old girl, urinating in her mouth, and ordering her to call him “daddy.” Pace says watching the video was “disturbing.” But because the girl and her parents never testified— though 14 other witnesses, including her aunt, did identify the girl — Pace says she thought, Well, maybe that’s not the girl.
[Chicago radio station] WGCI was the biggest supporter — they played him all the time — and it was my favorite radio station.”Her fandom didn’t fade when Kelly was indicted for making child pornography, Pace says.
Once the trial began in May 2008, she attended the proceedings every day until Kelly’s acquittal on June 13 of that year.
She even got the singer’s autograph, which she provided to Buzz Feed News.
In May 2009, a friend and employee of Kelly's friended Pace on Myspace, Pace tells Buzz Feed News, and invited her to a party Kelly was throwing at his mansion in suburban Olympia Fields, Illinois.
Pace, who had just turned 16, says she lied to her parents, telling them she was going to a friend’s house.“I was a bit nervous,” she says.
Pace says she’s particularly concerned about a friend she brought into Kelly’s circle when they were both teenagers and who multiple sources say still lives with Kelly.
Kelly has adamantly denied allegations of wrongdoing, and one alleged victim, 21-year-old Joycelyn Savage, has said she is doing fine.