Louis is the first man to speak publicly about alleged sexual abuse by Kelly. He was charged in a separate case and pleaded guilty in February to attempted bribery of a witness.
Kelly is not accused of having a role in the attempted bribery, and Louis testified Monday that Kelly was not aware of the plan.
Louis took the stand to describe a 10-plus-year relationship with Kelly that began at a McDonald’s drive-thru when he was an aspiring high school rapper and ended sometime in the year after Kelly’s arrest in 2019. , when Louis decided to cooperate with federal prosecutors in their case against the singer.
His testimony came in the third week of Kelly’s Brooklyn federal trial on charges of racketeering and sex trafficking. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Kelly’s attorney, Thomas Farinella, did not comment on Louis’s testimony when CNN contacted him.
A Maybach at a McDonald’s drive-thru
Louis testified that he met Kelly in 2006 while working at a McDonald’s drive-thru in Chicago during his senior year of high school, saying that a driver and Kelly stopped in a Maybach and eventually the teen and a colleague a paper with Kelly’s phone number.
Louis testified that he gave the song to his mother, who eventually called Kelly and told him that her son was a huge fan, an aspiring rapper and “he would love to work with him on (his) music.”
Kelly invited Louis, his mother, and stepfather to a party at his home and studio in suburban Chicago’s Olympia Fields, Louis testified, and Louis was later invited to Kelly’s studio several times. Louis said he rapped for Kelly and even recorded a song in Kelly’s studio.
One day, when he was still 17, Louis said, Kelly invited him to his home, where the singer asked him what he “would do for music.” Kelly then asked if he had any fantasies, specifically about “you and men,” to which Louis replied that he had none. He testified that Kelly unbuttoned his pants and started doing oral sex on him.
“I didn’t feel like it and I got no response, so he stopped doing it,” Louis testified. “He had told me to keep it between me and him.”
Louis continued to contact and meet with Kelly, he said, sometimes for parties at the singer’s home, and sometimes to watch Kelly play basketball near the McDonald’s where he worked.
When asked by assistant US attorney Elizabeth Geddes why he still spent time with Kelly, Louis testified, “Because I really wanted to make it in the music industry.”
On another visit to Kelly’s house, Louis said, the singer took him to a detached garage where he had a boxing ring and fitness equipment. He testified that Kelly snapped his fingers and a “young lady” crawled out from under the boxing ring.
“She crawled over to (Kelly) and gave him oral sex. He told her to do me the same way she does him,” Louis testified. He also testified that he wouldn’t “mind” oral sex with the “young lady” if it had just been between the two of them.
Louis testified that he had multiple “sexual encounters” with Kelly, but it was not clear from his testimony whether all of those alleged incidents took place when he was 17. He also testified that Kelly captured many of the incidents on a camcorder or iPad.
“As our relationship got stronger, he called me more like a brother — I was his little brother,” Louis testified.
A cooperation agreement
In August 2020, Louis was arrested and charged by Brooklyn federal prosecutors for bribing a witness to stop cooperating in the case against Kelly.
Louis pleaded guilty to one count of attempted bribery and entered into a collaboration agreement with prosecutors, he testified Monday.
In his testimony, Louis said he offered the witness money “not to cooperate” with prosecutors.
During the cross-examination, attorney Deveraux Cannick emphasized that Kelly has not been charged in connection with the attempted bribery of which Louis was a part, and insisted on why he attempted to bribe the witness.
“I was trying to help that person, I was trying to help myself too,” Louis testified. “I was going to get a certain share of the money and I thought maybe that person had some tires on me too.”
Louis testified that Kelly was not aware of the plan and said he was not sure where he would get the money for the bribe.
Louis began collaborating with prosecutors the day he was arrested, he testified, saying he’s now in prison for 15 years but will likely get a letter from prosecutors pushing for little to no jail time.
He testified that he has not given up on his dreams of making it into the music business, but he was concerned that witnessing during this process would affect his career.
“It will affect me — my reputation — in a bad way,” Louis testified.
When asked by a district attorney what Kelly — who had reportedly promised to help him as an aspiring high school rapper — ultimately did for his career, Louis replied, “Nothing.”