R. Kelly was so in control of his young girlfriends that he had a list of “Rob’s rules” that said they had to ask permission to do most things – and that he was forbidden to leave certain rooms in his house. Chicago mansion, said his former personal assistant in Brooklyn. federal court Friday.
Anthony Navarro, who worked for the “Bump n ‘Grind” crooner between 2007 and 2009, was asked to enforce the rules – which also prohibited him from speaking to any of the women while he was carrying them up. at home in a Lamborghini and other high-end cars.
“The things you had to do were just a little uncomfortable… it was almost like the ‘Twilight Zone’, you walked in the door and it was like a different world, just a strange place,” said Navarro the third. day of the Sexual crimes and racketeering trial of a 54-year-old singer.
While working with Kelly, he allegedly escorted his teenage girlfriends to their designated rooms at the Olympia Fields Rectory and then made sure they didn’t leave, said Navarro, who said he was working also for Taylor Swift, Jay-Z and Kanye. Where is.
“If they’re not where they’re supposed to be, you’ll have to tell Rob or a manager,” Navarro said. “They weren’t supposed to walk around, they weren’t supposed to leave the room.”
But, as he watched the footage from surveillance cameras, he once saw two teenage girls jump a fence at the house and run in an apparent attempt to escape.
“They looked really young,” Navarro said. “I thought they were like middle aged teenagers.”
Navarro also saw Kelly’s associates hand over the singer’s phone number to girls in the audience at shows or in malls and restaurants, he said.
“We were asked not to speak to any of the women,” he said. “Sometimes they got envelopes of money when they left.”
Navarro was Kelly’s assistant during the same time he is accused of sexually assaulting Jerhonda Pace when she was 16 and he was 42.