R&B star R. Kelly has been under fire with multiple lawsuits against him for alleged sexual abuse, and earlier this week, a Chicago judge ruled in favor of a woman who claimed the singer sexually abused her in the ’90s when she was underage.
Heather Williams sued Kelly in February, the same month that he was arrested on 10 counts of sexual abuse. Since Kelly and his lawyers did not respond to the lawsuit or attend the scheduled court appearance, the judge requested Williams’ request for a default judgement. If Kelly continues to be unresponsive to the lawsuit, a judge will decide how much the singer owes Williams in a court hearing next month, The New York Times reports.
According to the lawsuit, obtained by The Times, Williams received Kelly’s number on her 16th birthday and was told by one of his associates that Kelly wanted her to be in his music video. She reportedly took a cab to his studio where Kelly engaged in sexual relations with her, and continued to do so for a year. The lawsuit said that Williams realized the psychological distress Kelly’s actions had on her over the years.
“My client wants to be paid as a result of the terrible treatment she went through as a minor,” her lawyer, Jeffrey Deutschman said in an interview with the Times. “All I’m able to do for her is get her money.”
Kelly’s lawyer, Steve Greenberg, told The Chicago Sun-Times “we don’t care about the lawsuit,” and “it means nothing to us.”
Since Lifetime released the documentary Surviving R. Kelly earlier this year, which revealed Kelly’s sexual assault allegations over the past 20 years, multiple women have come forward. He has been dropped by his record label and almost all of his concerts have been cancelled. Due to the recent legal issues, his finances are reportedly “a mess,” causing his bank account to hit negative levels.
He is awaiting trial for 10 counts of sexual abuse for engaging in sexual actions with minors and keeping women in an alleged “sex cult” in his home, holding them against their will.