Lisa VanAllen, who testified against R. Kelly in his 2008 child pornography case and appeared in the more recent "Surviving R. Kelly" series which aired on Lifetime in January, has penned an op-ed about her experiences for the New York Times.
In the op-ed, VanAllen recounts the day she testified against Kelly in court:
"I was five months pregnant in June 2008, but that doesn’t explain why I was so sick to my stomach. I steeled myself as I walked with the prosecutors down a dingy corridor toward a courtroom to testify against Rob, as I called him."
"I was the main witness to testify against Rob in the infamous child pornography case. I was the only other person on the lurid sex tape — the one involving a 14-year-old girl — that landed the self-proclaimed Pied Piper of R&B in court. I was just 17 when I met Rob years earlier, still a minor myself when he first coaxed me into group sex with him and the girl on the tape. He told me she was 16."
VanAllen details her experience in the courtroom and the years that followed:
"I’ve protected her from things I wasn’t protected from. My daughter knows to says things like she “wants her space” from boys who pursue her. And she dates boys her age. When I was 17, Rob was in his 30s. I was always looking for love; my daughter loves herself. This is what time has done. May our daughters never know men like Rob Kelly."