R. Kelly failed to point out up in Prepare dinner County Circuit Court docket at the moment (April 24) to reply allegations he sexually abused an underage woman within the late 1990s.
The alleged sufferer, who’s now 36, says in her go well with, which was filed in February, that Kelly had repeated sexual contact along with her that started in 1998, when she was solely 16.
In keeping with the Chicago Tribune, data present the singer was served a court docket summons final month whereas he was in Prepare dinner County Jail for failing to pay again youngster help. The court docket filings declare Kelly by no means filed an look within the lawsuit. Choose Moira Johnson granted the attorneys’ request Tuesday to enter a judgement towards Kelly, which might nonetheless be reversed if Kelly appointed an legal professional for the go well with.
By default although, R. Kelly misplaced Wednesday’s authorized battle for failing to look in court docket and could possibly be ordered to pay damages, which exceed $50,000, as quickly as Could, when the alleged sufferer is predicted to testify. She has solely been recognized in felony court docket paperwork as “H.W.”
Attorneys for the accuser mentioned that because the lawsuit was filed on February 21, Kelly has ignored court docket summonses. “Robert Sylvester Kelly has failed and refused to file an look or reply to the Grievance though [he is] required to take action,” the legal professionals acknowledged of their movement filed earlier this month.
In a transient telephone name with the Chicago Solar-Instances on Wednesday, Kelly’s publicist acknowledged, “We don’t care concerning the lawsuit. The lawsuit means nothing to us.”
This accuser is simply one of many alleged victims on the middle of pending felony fees towards R. Kelly. He faces 10 counts of aggravated felony sexual abuse together with 4 separate alleged victims, three of whom had been underage on the time of the alleged assaults.