R. Kelly ac­cuser says singer ‘groomed’ her

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A woman who claims R. Kelly tried to groom her for his “sex cult” has re­port­edly filed a com­plaint against the singer, ac­cus­ing him of in­fect­ing her with a sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­ease while he was in town for a con­cert in De­cem­ber.

The uniden­ti­fied woman, who was just 19 when she started dat­ing the “Ig­ni­tion” singer last June, filed last week with the Dal­las Po­lice Depart­ment and is prepar­ing a fed­eral civil com­plaint, ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments ac­quired by the Daily News.

Lee Mer­ritt, the woman’s at­tor­ney, claims his client ended her re­la­tion­ship with Kelly in Fe­bru­ary, but that the union had been fraught with “sev­eral forms of crim­i­nal mis­con­duct” by the singer, in­clud­ing “un­law­ful re­straint, fur­nish­ing al­co­hol and il­le­gal drugs to a mi­nor, and ag­gra­vated as­sault (via the ref­er­enced in­ten­tional STD in­fec­tion).”

The com­plaint al­leges that Kelly was groom­ing the woman to join his al­leged “sex cult,” and that she had been told she would have to sign a con­tract and cough up sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion about her and her fam­ily as “col­lat­eral.”

“As Kelly’s preda­tory, con­trol­ling and abu­sive be­hav­ior evolved, our client abruptly ended their re­la­tion­ship in Fe­bru­ary of 2018,” Mer­ritt said in the fil­ing.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the singer “cat­e­gor­i­cally” de­nied all of the woman’s al­le­ga­tions in a state­ment to the Wash­ing­ton Post.

Kelly’s shock­ing life­style first gained main­stream me­dia at­ten­tion in July af­ter a Buz­zFeed ex­pose in­cluded in­ter­views with Tim­o­thy and Jon­je­lyn Sav­age, who claimed their daugh­ter Jo­ce­lyn was be­ing held against her will at one of Kelly’s homes.

The singer’s lat­est ac­cuser re­port­edly reached out via so­cial me­dia to the Sav­ages, who praised her “brav­ery” in com­ing for­ward with her ac­cu­sa­tions against Kelly, and ex­pressed hope that she could po­ten­tially be the wit­ness that helps put an end to his al­leged crimes.

“We felt from the be­gin­ning that the rea­son he’s hold­ing the girls is he has some kind of STD that he couldn’t cure,” Tim­o­thy told the Post.

Var­i­ous ac­cusers have emerged since the ex­pose was pub­lished, with all telling tales of a ma­nip­u­la­tive singer who used his fame to lure them into a con­trol­ling “sex pad.”

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