Following years of updates, troubling reports, television specials, and anticipation, R. Kelly’s New York trial has begun. Within its first few days, shocking testimony from the disgraced singer’s alleged victims has unraveled in real-time as women have taken the stand with claims that Kelly pursued them while they were underage. We previously reported that Azriel Clary, who lived with Kelly in recent years, would be taking the stand, and now The New York Times is reporting on Kelly’s former assistant testifying about his experience.

A man named Anthony Navarro took to the stand to speak about his alleged experiences while being employed by Kelly. He claims that the singer lived in a “Twilight Zone” where he acted as superior, making decisions that would disturb outsiders.