The sexual misconduct controversy that has surrounded R. Kelly for more than two decades is still heating up. Back in April, the Women of Color of Times Up sent an open letter demanding fans and corporations divest from the embattled singer until an investigation into the allegations is resolved.
Earlier, a BBC Three documentary once again highlighted the entertainer’s alleged penchant for targeting teen girls. While Kelly had disputed the accusations, a new lawsuit is once again calling his actions into question.
According to reports, Faith A. Rodgers has filed a lawsuit against R. Kelly accusing the singer of sexual assault, false imprisonment, and infecting her with a sexually transmitted disease. Rodgers said she met Kelly in March 2017 when she was 19 and a few months later he flew her to New York for a concert.
In her complaint, Rodgers said Kelly “bombarded” her hotel room and accused the singer of “unwanted sexual contact” and “abusive sex.” Rogers, who was involved with Kelly for about a year, also accused of the singer of giving her herpes and keeping her locked in a room, a detail Kelly’s other accusers have also mentioned.
While more women have come forward recently, Kelly continues to deny the allegations against him, chalking them up to “a public lynching.” In a recent video of the singer at a party, he said those coming out against him now waited too long.
“It’s too late, they should have did this shit 30 years ago,” Kelly told the crowd. “I’ve got a million motherf–kers hating me, and 40 billion motherf–kers loving me.”