Texas police are looking into the claims of a new accuser who has come forward to speak out against embattled R&B star R. Kelly, according to the Dallas Morning News. The woman claims the singer infected her with herpes without first warning her about it.
Police aren’t investigating the incident as a sexual assault since the relationship was reportedly consensual, however in Texas, a person who gives someone an STD without first telling them about it can be charged with assault.
According to a statement obtained by The Washington Post from the woman’s lawyer, her relationship with Kelly started when she was 19 and lasted from last June to February. She claims that she was infected with the STD in December in Dallas, Texas while the singer was in the city for a concert.
The woman has filed a complaint with the Dallas Police Department and is preparing to file a federal civil complaint against Kelly.
The statement also alleges that she was being groomed for Kelly’s “sex cult.”
“Kelly gradually introduced the cult to our client over the course of their relationship culminating with an explanation that she would have to sign a contract and offer collateral information about herself and her family for Kelly’s protection,” the lawyer’s statement reads.
The statement alleges that “our client was the victim of several forms of criminal misconduct by Kelly, including, but not limited to, unlawful restraint, furnishing alcohol and illegal drugs to a minor, and aggravated assault (via the referenced intentional STD infection).”
Earlier this year, the accuser in this new case reached out to the parents of Jocelyn Savage, the 22-year-old who moved in with Kelly in 2016, to let them know that she spent time with their daughter.
Jocelyn’s father Timothy Savage said he then asked the woman if she had a sexual relationship with Kelly and if she had been tested.
“Other girls have said it to us but they weren’t willing to speak up,” Savage said while speaking to The Washington Post. “We need a witness to speak up. I hope this opens up some answers. 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.”
In regards to this latest accusation, a rep for Kelly informed The Washington Post that he “categorically denies all claims and allegations.”