Embattled hip-hop performer R. Kelly is facing a new allegation after a woman filed a complaint with the Dallas Police Department alleging that he infected her with a sexually transmitted disease while he was in the city for a concert late a year ago. The unnamed woman's attorney, Lee Merritt, said the woman was only 19 when she slept with Kelly sometime last June but just recently ended the relationship in February.
A representative for R. Kelly tells the Washington Post that he "categorically denies all claims and allegations" from Merritt's client. The singer's camp denied the initial reports, as well as those of the woman who have come forwardsince. The singer "gradually introduced the cult to our client over the course of their relationship, culminating with an explanation that she would have to sign a contract and offer collateral information about herself and her family for Kelly's protection", he said.
Kelly has also settled multiple lawsuits with women who said he sexually and physically abused them.
R. Kelly has yet to comment on the most recent allegations, and his accuser has chosen to remain unidentified.
Over the previous year, various people have come forward to make allegations against Kelly, ranging from grooming women, some of them underage, to be sexual partners. She said she was 14 when Kelly started to groom her to become one of his "sex pets".
The woman accused the star of infecting her with an STD last December, during a meeting in Dallas where he was due to perform at the Music Hall in Fair Park. The woman is not named in the Post's report; it's not clear how old she is now, nor what disease she allegedly contracted.
Others say Kelly controlled their every move, what they wore and who they interacted with. She also accused Kelly, 51, of plying her with alcohol and illegal drugs. That woman, Jocelyn Savage, later told authorities via FaceTime that she was fine and did not want to speak to her family. He called the woman "brave and courageous" for filing her report with the police.
Merritt is expected to hold a news conference Wednesday at Dallas Police headquarters.