is keeping me updated on the R. Kelly trial. Anyone remember Sparkle? She is most remembered for a song with R. Kelly called Be Careful and according to her Wikipedia page did the most of the background vocals for Aaliyah’s Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number.

Sparkle testified that the person in the tape with R. Kelly is her niece and as a result of the tape, her family isn’t as tight as it once was.

According to the MTV article, Kelly’s defense lawyer Ed Genson was trying to paint Sparkle as a former employee of Kelly’s who was bitter and wanted to get him back for firing her. She claimed she left so she could work with other producers and thought she was still cool with Kelly.

She also said that she regretted bringing her niece around Kelly and at the time, didn’t notice anything inappropriate between them.