A 20-year-old woman has filed suit against singer R. Kelly, claiming he unlawfully gave her alcohol, assaulted her and gave her a sexually transmitted disease.
Faith Rodgers claims she met the I Believe I Can Fly singer in March, 2017, when she was 19, backstage after a show in San Antonio, Texas and he flew her to NY for another gig two months later. R. Kelly is one of pop music's bestselling artists, with hits including "Ignition", "I Believe I Can Fly", and "Bump N' Grind".
In an interview set for today (05-22-18) only on "CBS This Morning", Faith Rodgers told CBS News correspondent Jericka Duncan that she was in a relationship with Kelly for almost a year before leaving.
Representatives for Kelly declined comment on this story.
The suit comes after separate allegations Kelly has exerted psychological and sexual control over a host of young women, effectively keeping them within a cult-like environment. Spotify also booted Kelly's music from its playlists as part of its new "Hate Content & Hateful Conduct Policy". She says that after the concert, Kelly "bombarded" her hotel room and "initiated unwanted sexual contact", despite allegedly telling the singer that she was "not ready to have sex".
Kelly's full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and former professional basketball player.
R. Kelly is facing a new lawsuit for an alleged sexual assault and failure to disclosed STD. "He was demanding that I do stuff on camera that I wasn't comfortable doing whatsoever".
R Kelly has not yet responded to Faith's allegations.
The woman also alleged that Kelly would lock her in rooms to punish her for failing to please him and deliberately infected her with herpes. After the "abusive sex", the 51-year-old reportedly told her she was boring in bed. But he has this type of, like, intimidation right off the bat.
"He comes over and he starts, like, rubbing the side of my face", she said of what happened after they slept together.
Amid the controversy to #muterkelly, in late April promoters cancelled a concert in Chicago, his hometown.
The lawsuit adds that Kelly would frequently provide alcoholic drinks to Rodgers, despite the fact that she was underage and her complaints that alcohol could aggravate her epilepsy.