Warning: The allegations below include graphic details.
The sexual assault allegations against R. Kelly just keep coming in, with a new report claiming illicit drugs, alcohol, and an unspecified STD have been thrown into the legal mix. First, in July 2017, BuzzFeed broke the news that the 51-year-old singer-songwriter was allegedly holding women hostage in a cult-like living situation.
“Six women live in properties rented by Kelly in Chicago and the Atlanta suburbs, and he controls every aspect of their lives: dictating what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep, and how they engage in sexual encounters that he records,” the article claimed.
Now, R. Kelly’s most recent accuser is sharing a very similar story. “The woman claims she was 19 when she met Kelly in Dallas last June. According to her attorney she was unlawfully restrained, and Kelly gave her alcohol and ‘illegal drugs.’ She’s claiming aggravated assault based on the singer allegedly giving her an unspecified STD,” per TMZ.
Lee Merrit, the alleged victim’s lawyer, claimed to the Washington Post, “These offenses occurred while our client was being groomed to join Kelly’s sex cult. Kelly gradually introduced the cult to our client over the course of their relationship, culminating with an explanation that she would have to sign a contract and offer collateral information about herself and her family for Kelly’s protection.”
At this time, the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer has already dodged a number of legal battles, most notably a highly-publicized child pornography trial in 2008 — where he was later acquitted after the accuser’s aunt and parents denied to testify. The alleged victim was only 14 years old at the time.
R. Kelly has yet to comment on the most recent allegations, and his accuser has chosen to remain unidentified.
If you need help, The National Sexual Assault Hotline is available 24/7 at 1-800-656-4673, or visit RAINN.org to chat online one-on-one with a support specialist at any time.