A woman filed a lawsuit Monday against R. Kelly, alleging that the singer sexually assaulted her, locked her in rooms to punish her for failing to please him and infected her with herpes.
Faith Rodgers alleges she was in a relationship with Kelly for less than a year, during which time he routinely abused her “mentally, sexually and verbally.” Rodgers alleges that Kelly would video-record her against her will “submitting to deviant and compromising sexual contact.”
“Defendant, R. Kelly, locked Plaintiff in secluded areas including rooms, studios and motor vehicles, for extended periods of time in order to punish Plaintiff for failing to please Defendant sexually and/or for perceived offenses and violations of his prescribed code of conduct,” the suit alleges.
The suit, filed in New York Supreme Court, states allegations of sexual battery, fraud and false imprisonment.
Rodgers, 20, met Kelly a year ago after a concert in San Antonio. They exchanged phone numbers, and Kelly later had her flown out to New York. During their first sexual encounter, Rodgers said she told Kelly she was “not ready to have sex,” but that he disregarded her and engaged in “non-permissive, painful and abusive sex.” Afterward, she alleges that he disparaged what he called her physical inadequacies and “lack of participation.”
She said she only learned later that Kelly had herpes, and that she had been infected.
Rodgers is scheduled to appear Tuesday on “CBS This Morning” to discuss the allegations, which were first leveled in a criminal complaint to Dallas police last month.
Kelly has faced repeated allegations of sexual misconduct, and has recently been targeted by the Time’s Up movement. Spotify has removed him from its playlists.