The NYPD will meet with a woman who has accused R. Kelly of sexual assault and infecting her with genital herpes – and who now says the singer is trying to intimidate her into silence, attorney Gloria Allred said Monday.
The women’s rights attorney made the announcement at a press conference alongside Faith Rodgers, who last year sued the singer for “mentally, sexually and verbally” abusing he during a relationship when she was 19.
“We have an appointment today with the New York City Police Department who has asked to meet with Faith in furtherance of their investigation into potential victims of R. Kelly,” said Allred.
“Prosecutors in Chicago and Atlanta are also seeking information from potential victims and we plan to offer them our cooperation as well.”
Allred accused Kelly, 52, of trying to “intimidate and retaliate” against Rodgers over her suit – filed in Manhattan Supreme Court in May – including by sending her lawyer a letter “threatening to reveal what he alleges are details of her sex life.”
“If she persists in court action she will be subjected to public opinion during the discovery process,” Kelly purportedly wrote in the rambling Oct. 22 letter shared with reporters.
After the explosive Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly” aired earlier this month – featuring numerous abuse allegations against the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer from Rodgers and others – a now-defunct Facebook page called “Surviving Lies” shared some of those images, she said.
Kelly has denied all allegations of sexual misconduct. In a response to The Post, his lawyer Steve Greenberg said the letter shared by Allred and Hill “obviously was not authored or signed by Mr Kelly, nor sent on his behalf.
By Damilola Faustino