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Mendeecees Harris manipulated a girl in her mid-teens into having sex with him on a regular basis in his Lodi home, a prosecutor told jurors during opening arguments today in the former “Love & Hip Hop” star’s rape trial.
“We call it taking candy from a baby,” Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Demetra Maurice said, according to CliffviewPilot.com, which is covering the trial in Hackensack, N.J.
“An adult like Mendeecee Harris can easily manipulate a child into doing things like performing oral sex – with words, with actions and later, with money,” Maurice said, as Harris, his girlfriend — fellow “Love & Hip Hop” celebrity Yandy Smith — and other family members and friends looked on.
Defense attorney Brian Neary, in turn, said the incidents “never happened” and that the girl concocted the story “so she would be able to stay in New Jersey.” He promised them they’d see that when the girl herself testifies in the trial.
An entourage escorted Yandi Smith into the courtroom and moved with her during breaks — with some holding coats over her face to block photographers. READ MORE….