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CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 17: Singer R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse on September 17, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Kelly is facing multiple sexual assault charges and is being held without bail.

New witnesses have testified in the ongoing federal trial of disgraced singer R. Kelly regarding his “Chocolate Factory” studio.

Former employees of the Olympia Fields mansion about 25 miles outside of Chicago, where Kelly worked and lived, took to the stand describing the mansion as a “Twilight Zone” per CNN.

Anthony Navarro began working as a runner for Kelly in 2007 where he would pick up the singer’s meals and answer phone calls.

“It was almost like the Twilight Zone when you went into the gate, like you’re in this different world that was just a strange place. They weren’t supposed to be wandering around,” Navarro explained during the trial. “They had to get permission to do most things. They’d have to call either down to the studio or get ahold of Rob if they wanted anything, like food or things like that.”

Kelly’s former studio manager, Tom Arnold, also testified stating that “female guests and others would be asked to sign ‘nondisclosure agreements’ upon entering,” and “would often have Polaroids taken of them and stapled to their signed agreements,” per the news outlet.

Defense attorney Thomas Farinella pointed out that the safety measures were to protect Kelly’s wife at the time and children who lived at the home.

Arnold also revealed that employees had special rules when guests came onto the property.

“If it was a female guest (coming) we would clear the area,” Arnold testified. “That is what we were instructed to do.” Arnold also testified that he was instructed to flip up the rearview mirror on the car if he was driving one of Kelly’s female guests “to avoid accidental eye contact.”
An incident at Disney World was the final straw for Arnold when Kelly docked a whole week’s pay from him when Arnold was unable to secure the singer a female tour guide on their last-minute trip to the theme park. The singer canceled the trip after a male tour guide met them at the park, per CNN.
“I realized my wife wasn’t happy, I wasn’t happy and Rob wasn’t happy,” Arnold testified.
Arnold quit working for Kelly in 2011.




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