R. Kelly Case Obsesses Over Mole

Witnesses battle over mark seen in video
By Laila Weir,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2008 12:56 PM CDT
R. Kelly Case Obsesses Over Mole
Lisa Van Allen, of Georgia, testified for the prosecution in R. Kelly's child porn trial, June 2, 2008. Van Allen, 27, told jurors she first had sex with Kelly and the alleged victim in 1998.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

The R. Kelly jury was treated to a short course in video doctoring yesterday, as the rapper's defense team worked to discredit the tape prosecutors say shows him having sex with a very underage girl. The issue is the now-infamous R. Kelly mole the defense says isn't there in the man on the video. The defense broke down footage the prosecutors say shows the mole, and found that it appears on exactly 2 frames of video, and then disappears.

That proves that it's a blemish on the much-copied video, the defense says, not on the man's skin. A forensic video analyst said the marks “came and went.” "Basically, they are artifacts that bled into the image,” he told the court. He also demonstrated how easy doctoring is, by making people disappear from a hot tub video. In another clip, the Chicago Tribune reports, "he removed their heads so they looked like two Washington Irving characters having sex." (Read more trial stories.)

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