R. Kelly is being sued by a woman in a New York City court for alleged sexual battery, false imprisonment and failure to disclose a sexually transmitted disease, according to documents obtained by The New York Times.
The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, was the latest in a steady pattern of sexual misconduct accusations against the “Ignition” singer, who has for two decades faced claims that he targets and abuses underage girls and young women, allegations that he has steadfastly denied.
In the filing on Monday, Faith A. Rodgers, a Texas woman, said she met the singer last March after he performed in San Antonio. Following a few months of phone contact, Mr. Kelly arranged for her to fly to New York, where he “initiated unwanted sexual contact” in a hotel room, according to the complaint, including “non-consensual oral and vaginal intercourse.”
The suit goes on to claim that Kelly did not tell Rodgers, now 20, that he was infected with herpes, a criminal act, and she contracted the disease.
Rodgers claims she carried on a year-long relationship with Kelly, during which he “routinely engaged in intimidation, mental, verbal and sexual abuse, during and after sexual contact.” According to the complaint, it was “behavior designed to humiliate, embarrass, intimate and shame her.” Rodgers also alleges that Kelly regularly recorded her without her consent during sex, and often kept her locked in secluded areas to punish and control her.
“Unfortunately, the facts and background of this case are not unique,” the lawsuit says, alluding to the recent reporting regarding a “sex cult” kept by Mr. Kelly.
“This is a run-of-the-mill R. Kelly sexual abuse case.”
Lydia C. Hills, a lawyer for Ms. Rodgers, said her client was the same woman who filed a criminal complaint as Jane Doe in Dallas last month, alleging that Mr. Kelly had “knowingly and intentionally” given her herpes there.
Representatives for R. Kelly said in April that he “categorically denies all claims and allegations” regarding the Dallas complaint.
Calls to boycott R. Kelly’s music and concerts have intensified this month after the Time’s Up organization published an open letter backing the #MuteRKelly campaign and calling on his business partners to cut ties.
On May 10, Spotify said it had removed the singer’s music from its editorial playlists and would no longer promote it, a move the singer’s team decried as part of an “ongoing smear campaign against him, waged by enemies seeking a payoff.”