R. Kelly may now be facing backlash for his numerous alleged sexual assault cases and accusations.
Kelly recently posted an apology video to his fans stating his shows in Chicago have been canceled off “rumors” and his lawyer is looking into it.
R. Kelly has a sketchy past with women, especially minors, let’s do a quick review courtesy of News Week.
Via News Week:
1994: At 27, and riding the success of his second studio album, 12 Play, Kelly weds up-and-coming singer Aaliyah, who he had worked with on her debut album Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number. Aaliyah was just 15 at the time, but the marriage certificate falsely stated her age as 18. The marriage was annulled the same year, and both vowed to never speak about the relationship.
1996: Kelly is sued by a woman named Tiffany Hawkins, who claimed that Kelly “engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with (her), included but not limited to engaging in group sexual intercourse with her) and other minors.” The lawsuit said Hawkins was 15 at the time of her encounters with Kelly, who was then 24. Although Kelly countersued Hawkins, claiming that she was spreading “false allegations,” the singer settled his accuser’s initial lawsuit for an undisclosed amount.
2000: After receiving an anonymous tip, DeRogatis—who worked for The Sun-Times in Chicago at the time—confirmed the Chicago police sex crimes unit was investigating Kelly regarding two separate sexual misconduct allegations. However, the police weren’t able to find witnesses who would come forward, and the investigation, as well as DeRogatis’ report, got canned.
2001: DeRogatis is sent another anonymous tip in the form of a video depicting Kelly having sex with an apparently underage girl. The tape is passed along to police, but authorities were unable to identify the age or the identity of the female in the video.
2001: Tracy Sampson, a former Epic intern, sues Kelly for $50,000, alleging sexual harassment and assault. Sampson claimed that Kelly coerced her, at 17, into receiving oral sex from another female against her will. The case settled for an undisclosed amount.
2002: Kelly is sued by a woman named Patrice Jones who claims he got her pregnant when she was 16, then forced her to abort the baby. Weeks later, another woman named Montina Woods sues Kelly for allegedly taping them having sex without her consent. Both lawsuits are settled for an unknown amount. Another sex tape of Kelly allegedly having intercourse with a minor surfaces and the singer is later indicted on 21 child pornography charges in Illinois.
2003: Police in Florida discover a camera belonging to Kelly that they say contained images of him having sex with an underage girl, causing the state to pin another 12 counts of child pornography on the singer.
2005: While on trial for child pornography charges in Illinois, it is alleged that the girl who appeared in the 2002 sex tape was just 14 at the time of the encounter
2008: After three years and a number of trial delays, Kelly wins the case after a jury of nine men and three women find him not guilty.
2017: Kelly is sued by a Mississippi sheriff, who claimed the singer engaged in an affair with his wife.
2017: DeRogatis’s Buzzfeed article is published, claiming Kelly was holding six women against their will in his properties in Chicago and the Atlanta suburbs. The report alleges that Kelly dictated every aspect of their lives, including “what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep and how they engage in sexual encounters.” Kelly has denied the accusations.
2018: An unnamed woman says she spent eight months in a relationship with Kelly when she was 19, and that he was grooming her to join his sex cult, the Huffington Post reports. According to the woman’s lawyer, at one point Kelly told her that “she would have to sign a contract and offer collateral information about herself and her family for Kelly’s protection.”
The woman says that Kelly intentionally infected her with an STD over the course of their relationship. She’s filed a criminal complaint against him, citing charges of “unlawful restraint, furnishing alcohol and illegal drugs to a minor, and aggravated assault (via the referenced intentional STD infection).” Her lawyer says she is preparing a federal civil lawsuit against Kelly. Kelly denied the accusations.