Originally posted on AllHipHop:

(AllHipHop News) VH1’s Love and Hip Hop star Mandeecees Harris’ trial for aggravated sexual assault, criminal sexual contact, and child endangerment began yesterday as attorneys on both sides presented their opening statements.

Th cliffviewpilot.com reports that Bergen County prosecutors laid out the state’s case against Harris to the jury, claiming that the reality television star manipulated a 15-year-old girl into having sex with him in his home on repeated occasions between 2009-2010.

The prosecution believes Harris coerced the teenager with money, and that the child’s “rough upbringing” made her susceptible to being easily influenced by someone of Harris’s stature.

“An adult like Mendeecees Harris can easily manipulate a child into doing things like performing oral sex – with words, with actions and later, with money,” stated Assistant Prosecutor Demetra Maurice.

Maurice claimed that at that time of the alleged assault, the accuser was living with Harris and his girlfriend, along with her…

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