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Woman says R. Kelly abused her, gave her herpes

May 24,2018

NEW YORK - 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 singer “mentally, sexually and verbally” abused her during a roughly yearlong relationship. Kelly’s management team declined to comment Tuesday 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 - artists.

Rodgers, 20, said Tuesday 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 following years of accusations of troubling conduct toward girls and young women. A Chicago concert was canceled this month, and Spotify removed his music from its promoted playlists and algorithms following a #MuteRKelly social media campaign.

Rodgers said she met Kelly after a March 2017 concert in San Antonio. Two months later, she said he flew her to New York to attend a show. She told “CBS This Morning” that she “submitted” to sex when he came to her hotel room and demanded she take off her clothes. She said she didn’t want to have sex with him but “just froze up.”

“He has this type of, like, intimidation right off the bat. You know? So I was just waiting for it to be over,” she said.

Her lawsuit says Kelly disregarded her when she said she was “not ready to have sex” with him.

AP