Kelly has long been the center of sexual misconduct and abuse allegations, namely with minors. In May of 2018, the singer was slapped with another suit when a 20-year-old woman came forward and filed a lawsuit against R. Kelly, claiming he gave her alcohol, sexually assaulted her, and gave her a sexually transmitted disease. In the lawsuit, Kelly’s accusers, Faith Rodgers, said she met the singer last year following a performance in San Antonio — she was just 19 years old. Rodgers said they were in a year-long relationship that was formed under the pretense that Kelly would help her develop a career in entertainment. Kelly, who was 51 at the time, gave Rodgers alcohol and told her he wanted to start a long-term romantic relationship. Weeks after this initial meeting, Kelly put Rodgers up in a hotel in New York and told her he wanted to have sex. According to Rodgers, she told him she was “not ready to have sex”, yet Kelly “initiated non-consensual oral and vaginal intercourse.”
But this isn’t the only recent sexual misconduct allegation faced by Kelly. Also, in May, two additional women came forward accusing Kelly of sexual abuse. In the midst of the Time’s Up movement in May, a statement was released discussing the mental and physical abuse that numerous women have endured at the hands of Kelly. One of the accusers, Lizzette Martinez, says she met Kelly at a Miami mall in the winter of 1995 when she was 17 and Kelly was 28. Martinez says Kelly knew she was underage when he took her virginity, and their relationship continued despite physical abuse and pressure to engage in sexual acts against her will. The other woman is a Chicago mother of three who says her now-27-year-old daughter started a relationship with Kelly when she was 17.
The Power of #MeToo
While Kelly has been the subject of much criticism and numerous sexual misconduct allegations since the 90s, the #MeToo movement has given countless other women the platform and courage to come forward with their stories. The singer is being called a “predator” and court documents indicate he has consistently used his wealth and fame to lure women, many of whom are underage, into abusive sexual relationships. Many of these women say Kelly promised to help their careers, just as he did with Aaliyah, who was 15 years old when he illegally married her in 1994. This predatory behavior is ongoing, and there is even an alleged cult of six women that Kelly keeps close to him.
The R&B singer released a 19-minute-long song in July 2018 addressing these sexual misconduct allegations, including his illegal marriage with Aaliyah. The song, titled “I Admit”, is actually not an admittance of guilt, but rather a blast against “haters” trying to ruin his career. In a 2017 feature article published by BuzzFeed, a journalist chronicles Kelly’s alleged behavior for more than two decades, painting a portrait of a man of power who controls every action of his live-in sexual partners. In the summer of 2017, activities formed #MuteRKelly, a campaign aimed at drawing attention to Kelly’s actions and the numerous sexual misconduct allegations against him. Here is a statement released by a rep for Kelly on April 30, 2018 following the campaign’s launch: “Kelly supports the pro-women goals of the Time’s Up movement. We understand criticizing a famous artist is a good way to draw attention to those goals – and in this case, it is unjust and off-target.” Since #MuteRKelly gained traction last summer, the singer has had to cancel 10 concerts and Spotify banned his music for a month under a “hateful conduct” policy.
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