R Kelly is being sued for sexual battery by a woman who alleges mental, verbal and sexual abuse along with false imprisonment and claims the R&B singer “knowingly and intentionally” infected her with an STD.
The woman, who is named Faith Rodgers, claims she met Kelly in March 2017 after one of his performances in San Antonio and, at the time of meeting him, she was just 19-years-old.
Rodgers’ lawsuit against the singer alleges that Kelly “routinely engaged in intimidation, mental, verbal and sexual abuse, during and after sexual contact,” The New York Times reports. Disclosing more details, the woman claims that Kelly pushed “unwanted sexual contact” at her hotel room and described it as “non-consensual oral and vaginal intercourse”.
The same lawsuit details that Rodgers went on to date Kelly for one year, and during that time, she alleges he locked her in rooms and cars as punishment for “failing to fulfil his sexual desires,” while using a female assistant stand guard to keep Rodgers from escaping, according to TMZ.
R Kelly, who has become embroiled in numerous accusations of sexual misconduct, will once have to answer to the claims by the woman who said in a criminal complaint filed earlier Kelly caused “serious bodily injury” to her in December. The criminal complaint, which was filed April 9th, also claims that during the relationship with Kelly he also gave her illegal drugs and alcohol – claims that have been further explained by her lawyer, Lee Merritt. Speaking directly to the HuffPost, the lawyer explained how she ended the relationship in February due to Kelly’s “predatory, controlling and abusive behaviour”.
During her relationship with the singer, “our client was the victim of several forms of criminal misconduct by Kelly, including, but not limited to, unlawful restraint, furnishing alcohol and illegal drugs to a minor, and aggravated assault (via the referenced intentional STD infection),” Merritt wrote in a press release. “These offences occurred while our client was being groomed to join Kelly’s sex cult.”
The woman, now confirmed as Rodgers, has filed a complaint with Dallas police to say that Kelly deliberately infected her with herpes which is an offence that can result in an assault charge.