R Kelly Fails To Appear In Court and Loses Sexual Assault Lawsuit
Yikes! The R&B singer, R. Kelly has found himself on the losing side of the sexual assault lawsuit that was brought against him by one of his alleged victims. Kelly was facing 40-70 years in prison on charges of aggravated sexual abuse and now the judge has ruled in favor of the woman after R. Kelly has failed to show up for his court appearance according to The Chicago Tribune.
The Cook County judge has entered a default judgment for the woman who sued R. Kelly in February. She accused the singer of sexually abusing her when she was a minor 20 years ago in the 1990s when she was underage, and was seeking $500,000 in restitution. The woman who filed the lawsuit is reportedly the same victim who was identified as H.W. in the criminal charges brought against Kelly in February. Kelly is currently out on bail awaiting trial. The Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday that the court will enter an amount Kelly should pay next month. A court date has been set for May 8th to determine the next steps.
Kelly has previously been charged with child pornography but was later acquitted by a jury. In the years since then, the singer has been dogged by allegations of sexual abuse, engaging in sexual relationships with underage women, falsely imprisoning women for the purpose of sex, and knowingly transmitting sexual diseases. The airing of the Lifetime’s docu-series Surviving R Kelly, brought renewed interest in the allegations, and led to the launching of several criminal investigations.
The numerous legal cases against Kelly have left him in financial ruins and unable to pay child support. The Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday that the court will enter an amount Kelly should pay next month. A court date has been set for May 8th to determine the next steps.