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R. Kelly assistant says she NEVER helped him recruit women ‘because he was a mega superstar’

R. Kelly’s executive assistant, who is accused of standing guard on one of Kelly’s alleged trapped victims, said she has done nothing wrong and would do nothing differently if she could. 

Diana Copeland, Kelly’s assistant of 16 years, told Good Morning America that despite Kelly’s entourage of ‘girlfriends’ and strict house rules limiting their movement, she never suspected the music star of illegal activities and said she would not have been able to stop him even if she did. 

Copeland added that she had never seen anyone trapped in the house nor ever recruited any woman or girl for the R&B singer. 

‘He was R. Kelly, a mega superstar. He needed no help, absolutely no help to recruit women or to get women,’ Copeland said. 

Diana Copeland appeared on Good Morning America on Friday to claim that she did not help R. Kelly recruit women and that there was nothing she could have done to stop him

Copeland, Kelly's former aide, testified that one of his girlfriends made her change into a robe during a 2019 meeting at Trump Tower so Kelly could see that she was not wearing a wire

Copeland, Kelly’s former aide, testified that one of his girlfriends made her change into a robe during a 2019 meeting at Trump Tower so Kelly could see that she was not wearing a wire 

R. Kelly assistant says she NEVER helped him recruit women 'because he was a mega superstar'

Kelly, 54, has repeatedly denied accusations that he led a criminal enterprise that sexually exploited women, girls and even boys during a 30-year career

Copeland was named in an ongoing civil complaint by one of Kelly’s alleged victims, who said she was trapped multiple times in one of Kelly’s homes and that Copeland stood guard at the doors so she and other victims could not leave.

Copeland has claimed that she never assisted Kelly in any alleged abuse involving his girlfriends and said she kept her professional live 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 that in Kelly’s three homes, the singer did not want his girlfriends to roam freely in the house and encouraged them to stay in their rooms. 

The girlfriends also did not talk to any men other than Kelly nor did they use the bathrooms by themselves.

Copeland said that although she never witnessed Kelly make such a requests, she said it was possible that he instructed them to do so.

Copeland claimed she never saw R. Kelly with any girlfriend under the age of 18

Copeland claimed she never saw R. Kelly with any girlfriend under the age of 18

R. Kelly pictured on trial on September 14. Those testifying against Kelly painted the man as a 'controlling,' claiming he did not allow his girlfriends to speak to other men

R. Kelly pictured on trial on September 14. Those testifying against Kelly painted the man as a ‘controlling,’ claiming he did not allow his girlfriends to speak 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 apartment in Trump Tower in Chicago in 2019, after she had already quit her job, one of the hip hop star’s girlfriends, Jane, made her change into a robe in order to prove that she was not wearing a wire.

‘Jane gave me a robe to put on. She asked me was I wired,’ Copeland told the jury in Brooklyn Federal Court. ‘I was shocked and I said no.’

Copeland said she removed the sweatshirt she was wearing and put on the robe over her tank top.

She said Kelly, 54, facing allegations of sexual abuse, asked her to write a ‘truthful’ letter, stating that he never verbally, physically or mentally abused anyone.

Copeland said in court that what she should have written instead was that she never witnessed him commit abuse.

The ex-aide said that years prior, Kelly had made her write a false confession, claiming that she had stolen money from him.

Copeland testified that she never assisted in the abuse of Kelly's alleged victims

Copeland testified that she never assisted in the abuse of Kelly’s alleged victims

Under cross-examination, Copeland denied some of the claims that Kelly’s alleged victims had made during the trial, insisting that the women were not required to ask for permission to use the bathroom, were not denied food or locked in rooms for days.

In her testimony last Friday, however, Copeland claimed that a few years before Kelly’s 2019 arrest, the singer asked her why she had let one girlfriend ‘escape’ his apartment.

Copeland painted a portrait of Kelly as a controlling man who would not let his girlfriends ride in an Uber driven by a man.

The former aide said should would have to keep 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 stores and elevators, so as not to meet a man’s gaze.

Copeland recounted how one time she inadvertently left Kelly’s girlfriend in an elevator because the woman had turned to face the back wall when a man walked in, and she did not see Copeland leave.

Kelly, pictured, above, allegedly enforced strict house rules to keep his girlfriends in place

Kelly, pictured, above, allegedly enforced strict house rules to keep his girlfriends in place

The long-time former assistant said she could move about his house relatively freely, but she was expected to knock on walls ‘to make sure that I announced my presence.’

She noted that Kelly expected everyone in his circle to knock on doors before entering: a rule that was put in place by the singer’s ex-wife.

Copeland said that despite countless arguments that led her to quit as Kelly’s assistant several time, she repeatedly went back to working for him because she felt ‘he didn’t have trustworthy employees.’

Copeland claimed that the award-winning singer did not control his bank account, did not 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 beginning of the high-profile trial on August 18.

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