“Even though I had already met him at his trial, I was like literally at his house, so it did not feel real.” She remembers Kelly calling her over to the bar and telling her he had noticed her at the trial.

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“At the time I was still, you know, pretty starstruck, so I was in disbelief,” she says.

Pace says she did not tell Kelly she was underage, and would later tell private investigators she claimed to be 19 years old at the time.

If convicted, Kelly could have been sentenced to 15 years in prison. “I wanted to see everything for myself.” That included watching the notorious video when it was shown several times in court.

(While working at the Chicago Sun-Times, this reporter received the tape anonymously and turned it over to the police; called by Kelly's attorneys to testify, he took the Fifth Amendment rather than revealing sources.)Looking back, Pace says she attended the trial because she was a fan and wanted to know what happened. Prosecutors alleged that the 26-minute, 39-second video depicted Kelly having sex with a 14-year-old girl, urinating in her mouth, and ordering her to call him “daddy.” Pace says watching the video was “disturbing.” But because the girl and her parents never testified— though 14 other witnesses, including her aunt, did identify the girl — Pace says she thought, Well, maybe that’s not the girl.

(The age of consent in Illinois is 17.)Not long after, on June 5, 2009, Pace says Kelly invited her to come back to his mansion and sent an employee to pick her up in a black SUV.

“He told me that he wanted me to undress for him [and] walk back and forth like I was modeling,” she says.

In May 2009, a friend and employee of Kelly's friended Pace on Myspace, Pace tells Buzz Feed News, and invited her to a party Kelly was throwing at his mansion in suburban Olympia Fields, Illinois.

Pace, who had just turned 16, says she lied to her parents, telling them she was going to a friend’s house.“I was a bit nervous,” she says.

Pace's story is different than previously reported accounts because she was underage when she and Kelly began a sexual relationship.