R Kelly accused of sexual battery, transmitting sexual disease in new lawsuit

WION Web Team
USAUpdated: May 22, 2018, 12:39 PM IST

R Kelly. Photograph:(Twitter)

Things toughen for R Kelly as he is now subjected to a new lawsuit filed in a Manhattan court on May, alleging sexual battery, false imprisonment and failure to disclose a sexually transmitted disease while being in a relationship. 

According to a report published in a leading US daily, the complaint was filed by a Texas woman who accused that the two met when was 19 last March following a concert in San Antonio. After a few months of interaction, Kelly flew her out to New York where he allegedly "initiated unwanted sexual contact" in a hotel room, including "non-consensual oral and vaginal intercourse." 

She mentions in the complaint that Kelly did not tell her that he had herpes and infected her with the virus, which if true is a criminal act. 

The two were in a relationship for about a year, during which he "routinely engaged in intimidation, mental, verbal and sexual abuse, during and after sexual contact." According to the lawsuit, this behaviour was “designed to humiliate, embarrass, intimate and shame her.”

It doesn't end there as the lawsuit claims that Kelly would often record them during sex without her consent and kept her locked in secluded areas to punish and control her. 

This is of the many latest sexual misconduct allegations that have been levied against Kelly. The singer has denied all allegations. 

Active participation of women in public voices and rise of #MeToo campaign has now led to a new viral campaign #MuteRKelly campaign that has led to massive protests outside Kelly’s concerts and Spotify to enact a new policy banning his -- and others' -- music from their editorial playlists.