Prosecutors Discuss R. Kelly's "Dark Side"; Defense Refers to Witnesses as "Extortionists" at Trial

Chicago, Illinois — During opening statements for R. Kelly's federal sex crimes and child pornography trial in Chicago on Wednesday, Aug.

17, a federal prosecutor made an initial attempt to shed light on the disgraced artist's "dark side."

According to the Chicago Tribune, Assistant United States Attorney Jason Julien told jurors that the superstar singer 

 a hidden side, a dark side that he... did not allow the world to see." Julien also charged Kelly's

co-defendants, Derrel McDavid and Milton Brown, with knowing about Kelly's alleged actions and assisting him in concealing his "dark side."

Prosecutors Discuss R. Kelly's "Dark Side"; Defense Refers to Witnesses as "Extortionists" at Trial