R. Kelly Accuser Tells Court She Contracted HERPES From Him
A woman testified at R. Kelly’s sex abuse trial on Friday that she reached a $200,000 settlement with the R&B singer after she contracted herpes.
Prosecutors have been trying to show jurors in Brooklyn federal court that Kelly was careless toward alleged victims of his sexual practices, including multiple victims who claim he kept silent about transmitting disease through intercourse.
Kelly, 54, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, has been on trial since Aug. 18 for running an alleged decade-long racketeering scheme targeting women and girls for sex, with help from employees and assistants. He has pleaded not guilty.
The woman, who identified herself as Kate and said she was 27 when she met Kelly, told Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Geddes she contracted herpes in 2001, and that Kelly was tight-lipped when she accused him.
Kate said she settled with Kelly in 2004, and that the herpes diagnosis “greatly affected” her ability to enter future relationships.