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Fans giving singer R. Kelly a rose and cards outside the Leighton Courthouse on March 22, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)
Fans giving singer R. Kelly a rose and cards outside the Leighton Courthouse on March 22, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

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Woman wins civil sex abuse case after R. Kelly fails to appear in court

By WITW Staff on April 25, 2019

One of four women involved in a criminal sexual abuse case against R. Kelly won a civil lawsuit against the singer after he failed to appear in court.

According to Reuters, the woman has accused Kelly of repeatedly having sex with her when she was 16. She filed the civil suit in February, one day before Kelly was arrested on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against the four women, three of whom were underage at the time of the reported incidents.

A Chicago judge, Moira Johnson, entered a default ruling against Kelly because he did not respond to the civil lawsuit or show up in court. Johnson will hear testimony from the plaintiff next month before ruling on how much Kelly has to pay in damages.

According to court documents, the woman, identified as “H.W.,” met Kelly at a restaurant in 1998, when she was 16 and he was 32. Kelly’s manager reportedly gave the girl a card with the singer’s phone number. The girl’s mother took it away, since H.W. was only a teenager, but the girl found the card and arranged with Kelly to take a cab to his studio after she was dropped off at school. Thus began a year-long sexual relationship, prosecutors say.

Kelly has faced similar allegations in the past. He was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008, and has pleaded not guilty to the recent charges, calling the allegations against him “lies.”

Read more at NBC News.

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