In the latest of a string of sexual abuse allegations, a lawsuit filed yesterday claims R&B singer R Kelly deliberately infected a 19-year-old woman with a sexually transmitted infection.
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The plaintiff, Faith Rodgers, alleges she was abused "mentally, sexually and verbally" by Kelly.
The lawsuit, filed in the New York Supreme Court, accuses the 'Ignition' singer of sexual battery, fraud and false imprisonment.
Rodgers says she was infected with herpes following a non-consensual sexual encounter backstage at one of his concerts.
She says she told Kelly that she was not comfortable and did not want to engage in sex, but Kelly ignored her.
"I was devastated," she said. "I was embarrassed; it's not something that's going to go away.
"The hardest part was coming clean to my family about everything. I blame myself a lot."
The lawsuit also states that Rodgers was "locked in secluded areas including rooms, studios and motor vehicles, for extended periods of time" by Kelly in order to "punish" her for not pleasing him sexually.
R Kelly has repeatedly denied the many sexual misconduct allegations against him. A spokesperson for the singer said in April that the assertions were "a greedy, conscious, and malicious conspiracy to demean him."