May 22, 2018
Screengrab courtesy of CBS News
In the last few weeks actions against R. Kelly for his alleged sexual assault allegations, have ramped up. Spotify announced they were removing the singer’s music from its promotional algorithm (you can still listen to his music, they just will no longer promote it) and celebrities like Ava DuVernay, Lena Waithe and Lupita Nyong’o have been actively campaigning alongside #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, to #MuteRKelly (a move that convinced radio veteran Tom Joyner to no longer play his catalog on his hit show).
Last month a 20-year-old woman came forward with more allegations. According to Faith Rodgers, the 51-year-old gave her an STD. In a report to the Washington Post, the accuser claims that she had been in a relationship with Kelly from June 2017 to February 2018. Rodgers talked to CBS News about the accusations, also alleging sexual battery.
Reporter: “Did you want to have sex with him?”
Faith: “No. He has this type of intimidation right off the bat you know so I was just waiting for it to be over.”
Rodgers also claimed Kelly locked her in a van. “The first time I was left in the car for a total of eight hours and the child lock was on the car.”
The young woman also confirmed reports of a “sex cult”. “He raises five women. Some of them have been with him for 15 years and he basically was trying to make it seem as if it was a family thing.”
Watch the entire interview below.
R. Kelly has denied all instances of wrongdoing.
TELL US: What do you believe in this young woman’s case?