R. Kelly sued by ex-girlfriend, accused of sexual battery and infecting her with herpes
Another woman has come forward with allegations against R&B superstar R. Kelly (née Robert Kelly). On Monday, a Dallas attorney filed a lawsuit on behalf of Faith Rodgers, accusing Kelly of sexual battery and "willfully, deliberately and maliciously" infecting her with herpes. In a new interview with CBS News, Rodgers detailed her nearly yearlong relationship with the singer, including one incident where she said she "submitted" to sex with him after he demanded it.
"I didn't really say anything. I kinda just froze up. I definitely was uncomfortable," Rodgers told interviewer Jericka Duncan. "But he has this type of, like, intimidation right off the bat. You know? So I was just waiting for it to be over."
"Did you find yourself in a position like that more than once with R. Kelly?" Duncan asked.
"Yes. I found myself like that multiple times," Rodgers said.
R. Kelly's management had no comment on the allegations when reached out to by EW.
Like other recent Kelly accuser Kitti Jones, Rodgers says she encountered the group of women Kelly said he was "raising" (to Jones, he referred to them as his "pets"). But Jones and Rodgers are only the latest women to accuse Kelly of sexual misconduct. In 1994, Kelly (then 27 years old) illegally married a singer and protegée Aaliyah (then 15) and produced her debut album, titled Age Ain't Nothing but a Number. (The marriage was later annulled after she admitted to lying about her age.) In 2002, Kelly was indicted on 21 counts of child pornography after the Chicago Sun-Times received a video allegedly showing Kelly having sex with an underage girl and urinating on her. Kelly was acquitted of all charges, but he found himself in legal trouble again in July 2017, when BuzzFeed News reported that Kelly was keeping women against their will in what their parents described as a ‘cult.'" Kelly released a statement via his lawyer saying he "unequivocally denies such allegations" and subsequently called those claims "a bunch of crap" on social media, but a new BBC documentary in March featured Jones talking about how he "trained" women to be his "pets."
In the age of #MeToo, more and more people are becoming vocal about Kelly's history of allegations. In April, leaders of the Time's Up movement called to "mute" R. Kelly by boycotting his music and concerts. The campaign was co-signed by celebrities like John Legend and Ava DuVernay, and called upon companies like Spotify to stop monetizing his music. Earlier this month, Spotify unveiled a new hateful conduct policy that removed Kelly's songs from playlists and recommendation engines.
Watch the CBS News interview above.