Sun | May 26, 2019

Woman accuses R. Kelly of sexual battery, giving her herpes

Published:Wednesday | May 23, 2018 | 12:00 AM
R. Kelly


R. Kelly sexually abused and demeaned a woman, locked her in rooms and vehicles for punishment, and infected her with herpes, according to a lawsuit that furthers a string of misconduct accusations against the platinum-selling singer.

Faith Rodgers said in the suit filed Monday in New York that the I Believe I Can Fly singer "mentally, sexually and verbally" abused her during a roughly yearlong relationship.

Kelly's management team declined to comment yesterday but previously denied claims that Rodgers made in a police report filed in Dallas in April.

Rodgers' lawsuit includes some of the same allegations and adds to them, painting a portrait of forceful sex, humiliation, unwanted sex tapes and sometimes confinement by one of pop music's best-selling and most embattled artistes.

Rodgers, 20, said yesterday on CBS This Morning that Kelly, 51, instructed her to call him 'daddy' and told her his goal was to teach her how to have sex like a 'mature woman'.

Her suit comes as Kelly faces growing criticism after years of being accused of troubling conduct toward girls and young women.

The 'Time's Up' campaign against sexual harassment and assault took aim at the R&B singer last month. This month, a Chicago concert was cancelled after protests. Spotify removed his music from its promoted playlists and algorithms following a #MuteRKelly social media campaign.