R. Kelly paid $ 200,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a woman who accused him of giving her herpes two decades ago without revealing he had it, the woman said at the trial on Friday for sex trafficking of the R&B singer.
The woman – testifying in week three of the trial without using her real full name – told a New York City jury that she was 27 when she met Kelly through a friend common in 2001. She said that when they started having sex, she told him that she was worried. on STDs, including AIDS.
When she asked him to use protection, “he just said no,” she said.
It was the second time this week that jurors heard testimony alleging that Kelly had given herpes to a sexual partner – in a case accusing her of running a criminal enterprise that sexually exploited women, girls and even boys during a 30-year career highlighted by his anthem. “I believe i can fly.”
R. KELLY ACCUSER CLAIMS SINGER HAD A WEAPON TO HER CT ONCE BEFORE FORCING HER TO PERFORM ORAL SEX
Kelly, 54, has denied any wrongdoing. His lawyers have portrayed his accusers as groupies who lie about their relationship with him.
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The accused has been followed for decades by complaints and allegations regarding his sexual behavior. The scrutiny has escalated again amid the #MeToo movement in recent years, with several women going public with charges against the singer that have resulted in federal criminal charges in New York and Chicago, keeping him in jail since 2019. .
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There will be a break in the trial until Thursday. The government is expected to close its file during the week of September 13.