R. Kelly Accuser Says Singer Told Her to Act 'Excited Like a Puppy' When She Saw Him

One of the accusers testifying in singer R. Kelly's trial told the court that she was instructed to act like "an excited puppy" whenever she saw him.

She said Kelly added "I still have a lot to teach you" and that he kept a gun by his side as he would reprimand her before forcing her to perform oral sex in his Los Angeles recording studio, the Associated Press reported.

The woman testified while only using her first name to protect her privacy.

"He had a weapon, so I wasn't going to step out of line," the witness said of the 2018 incident at the R&B artist's New York City sex-trafficking trial.

The witness said she was harshly commanded not to look at the gun before Kelly asked her, "How many men have you seen naked?"

She testified the last time she saw Kelly at a New York City hotel suite, she resisted having sex with him. She said he responded by warning her not to defy him, saying, "I'm a f—-ing legend."

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

R. Kelly Sex Trafficking Trial
In this courtroom artist's sketch R. Kelly, left, listens during his trial in New York, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. The 54-year-old Kelly has repeatedly denied accusations that he preyed on several alleged victims during a 30-year career highlighted by his megahit "I Believe I Can Fly." Elizabeth Williams/AP Photo

Kelly's alleged intimidation tactics were all part of an abusive sexual relationship that started when the woman was 19 and resulted in her getting herpes from him, she said. After she filed police reports and sued him for failing to disclose an STD, he and his supporters threatened that they would release nude photos and other compromising material about her if she persisted with her allegations, she said.

Kelly, 54, has repeatedly denied accusations that he preyed on victims during a 30-year career. His lawyers have portrayed his accusers as groupies who are lying about their relationships with him.

Jurors so far have heard from a steady stream of accusers claiming Kelly began sexually degrading them when they were still in their teens. They said he used his stardom to lure them into an insular world where he watched their every move and doled out perverse punishments, spanking them and isolating them in hotel rooms if they broke a vow to never speak about him to anyone else.

Kelly's personal physician has also testified, saying he treated him for herpes for several years.

The trial is unfolding under coronavirus precautions restricting the press and the public to overflow courtrooms with video feeds. That's made it difficult to discern the reactions of Kelly, who has been jailed since his federal indictment was announced in 2019.