R. Kelly’s executive assistant, who is accused of keeping watch over one of Kelly’s alleged incarcerated victims, said she did nothing wrong and wouldn’t do anything else if she could.
Diana Copeland, Kelly’s 16-year-old assistant, told Good Morning America that despite Kelly’s entourage of “girlfriends” and strict house rules restricting their movement, she never suspected the music star of illegal activity and said she couldn’t even stop him if she that did.
Copeland added that she had never seen anyone locked up in the house, nor had she recruited a woman or girl for the R&B singer.
“He was R. Kelly, a mega superstar. He needed no help, absolutely no help recruiting women or getting women,” Copeland said.
Diana Copeland appeared on Good Morning America Friday to claim she didn’t help R. Kelly recruit women and she couldn’t have done anything to stop him
Copeland, Kelly’s former assistant, testified that one of his girlfriends changed her into a dressing gown at a 2019 Trump Tower rally so Kelly could see she wasn’t wearing a cord.
Kelly, 54, has repeatedly denied charges that he ran a criminal enterprise that sexually exploited women, girls and even boys over a 30-year career.
Copeland was named in an pending civil complaint from one of Kelly’s alleged victims, who said she was trapped in one of Kelly’s homes multiple times and Copeland kept watch at the doors so she and other victims couldn’t leave.
Copeland has claimed she never assisted Kelly in alleged abuse involving his girlfriends and said she kept her professional life separate from his personal life.
“My job stops at the threshold of his bedroom door.”
She added that she had never seen anyone under 18 with Kelly.
Copeland said the singer in Kelly’s three houses did not want his girlfriends to roam freely around the house and encouraged them to stay in their rooms.
The girlfriends also didn’t speak to any men other than Kelly, nor did they use the bathrooms alone.
Copeland said that while she had never seen Kelly make such a request, she said it was possible that he instructed them to do so.
Copeland claimed she had never seen R. Kelly with a girlfriend under the age of 18
R. Kelly pictured at trial on Sept. 14. Those who testified against Kelly portrayed the man as a “controlling” and claimed he didn’t allow his girlfriends to talk to other men
Copeland began testifying in R. Kelly’s trial last week.
Copeland, who worked as an executive assistant for Kelly for 16 years, claimed that when he summoned her to his Trump Tower apartment in Chicago in 2019, after she had already resigned, one of the hip-hop star’s girlfriends, Jane, told her to change her mind. a robe to prove she wasn’t wearing a thread.
“Jane gave me a bathrobe to put on. She asked me if I was wired,” Copeland told the Brooklyn Federal Court jury. “I was shocked and said no.”
Copeland said she removed the sweatshirt she was wearing and pulled the cloak over her tank top.
She said Kelly, 54, faced allegations of sexual abuse, asking her to write a “truthful” letter stating that he had never abused anyone verbally, physically or mentally.
Copeland said in court that she should have written instead that she had never seen him commit abuse.
The ex-assistant said Kelly had made her write a false confession years earlier, claiming she had stolen money from him.
Copeland testified that she never assisted in the abuse of Kelly’s alleged victims
During a cross-examination, Copeland denied some of the claims Kelly’s alleged victims had made during the trial, stressing that the women were not required to ask permission to use the bathroom, were not denied food or locked in rooms for days.
However, in her testimony last Friday, Copeland claimed that a few years before Kelly’s arrest in 2019, the singer asked her why she let a friend “escape” from his apartment.
Copeland painted a portrait of Kelly as a controlling man who wouldn’t let his girlfriends drive an Uber that was being driven by a man.
The former assistant said he would have to continue ordering ride shares until a female driver arrived.
In an effort to limit his girlfriends’ interactions with other men, Copeland testified that he instructed them to turn around in public places, such as shops and elevators, so as not to meet a man’s gaze.
Copeland told how she once accidentally left Kelly’s girlfriend in an elevator because the woman turned to the back wall when a man came in, and she didn’t see Copeland leave.
Kelly, pictured above, is said to have enforced strict house rules to keep his girlfriends in place
The longtime former assistant said she was able to move around his house relatively freely, but she was expected to knock on walls “to make sure I announce my presence.”
She noted that Kelly expected everyone in his circle to knock on doors before entering: a rule set by the singer’s ex-wife.
Copeland said that despite numerous arguments that led to her quitting as Kelly’s assistant several times, she repeatedly went to work for him because she felt “he didn’t have reliable employees.”
Copeland claimed the award-winning singer didn’t manage his bank account, didn’t know his own Social Security number, and struggled with reading and writing.
Copeland was the fifth former employee of Kelly’s to testify against him since the high-profile trial began on August 18.