In response to her testimony, the defense bizarrely asked if the woman consumed monosodium glutamate (MSG) prior to the alleged assault, seemingly in an attempt to cast doubt on her story. The question was asked after the woman said she ate Chinese food before being allegedly assaulted by Kelly, Vulture reports.
The woman, who only testified under the name Sonja, said she was 21 years old when she met Kelly at a mall in Utah, The New York Times reports. She was interning at a radio station at the time and thought a “first huge celebrity interview” with him would “kick-start” her career.
After meeting, she said he invited her to his studio in Chicago, the Chocolate Factory, to interview him and that Kelly’s associates had planned and bought her flight. However, her interactions with his employees were strange from the start, with someone asking her if she needed a condom. “No, I’m not here for that,” she responded.
She was also asked for contact information for her friends, mother, and grandmother, and was given a “list of rules” that outlined how she should behave in Kelly’s home. She was also told she would have to ask permission to eat or use the bathroom. His associates then ended up locking her in the room.