R.Kelly has found himself in more problems as federal prosecutors in the US revealed the latest raft of allegations against the rapper in his ongoing case.
In a court filing on Friday, the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York revealed it believes he also violated at least one male victim.
According to the filing, which includes new information but no new charges, Mr Kelly met a 17-year-old boy at a McDonald’s around December 2006 and invited him to a party. When the teen showed up with his mother and stepfather, Mr Kelly allegedly asked him to come alone next time.
After that, prosecutors said he invited the boy to his studio, “under the guise of helping and mentoring John Doe #1 with his musical aspirations”. “Kelly also asked John Doe #1 what he was willing to do to succeed in the music business and clarified that he wanted John Doe #1 to engage in sexual contact with Kelly,” the document says. “With that backdrop, Kelly then engaged in sexual contact with John Doe #1, in violation of Illinois law.”
Prosecutors said Mr Kelly also asked John Doe #1 to contact a juror in his 2008 child pornography trial, and to tell the juror that Mr Kelly was a “good guy”. They also allege that he tried to start a sexual relationship with a friend of John Doe’s, who was 16 or 17 at the time.
Kelly was accused of running what the prosecutors described as a criminal enterprise of bodyguards, managers and others who allegedly helped him find women and girls to take part in sex and pornography, while the singer exercised control over them.
“The purposes of the Enterprise were to promote R Kelly’s music and the R Kelly brand, to recruit women and girls to engage in illegal sexual activity with Kelly and to produce pornography, including child pornography,” the US attorney’s office said.
Mr Kelly has pleaded not guilty to the charges, and denies ever abusing anyone.
The former charges involve six different women and girls, who, for legal reasons, cannot be named. Kelly’s New York trial is set to begin on 9th August.