R. Kelly’s rape accuser says she suffered an epileptic fit after the singer’s camp threatened to release nude pictures of her in the aftermath of docu-series Surviving R Kelly first airing.
Faith Rodgers filed a suit claiming the singer raped her and gave her herpes and physically abused her over the course of their year-long relationship.
She was just 19 at the time of these alleged offenses.
Though allegations of sexual abuse against minors followed R&B superstar R. Kelly for years, it was a six-part series aired by Lifetime last January featuring testimonials by alleged survivors that sparked new attention from authorities.
A year later, Lifetime is readying a follow-up series, ‘ Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning, ‘ with one major difference: this time, R. Kelly will be behind bars when it airs.
Rodgers said: ‘I was afraid of the videos and pictures that he had of me. I am epileptic and I have a few triggers that set off my seizures but it is really stress.’
Faith Rodgers says she suffered an epileptic fit after the singer’s camp threatened to release nude pictures of her in the aftermath of docu-series Surviving R Kelly first airing
After receiving a message threatening the release of nude images and videos Faith met with one of Kelly’s team in an Applebees with her mother Kelly, pictured
Kelly, 52, is awaiting trial on several child sex assault charges. He is shown in a September court hearing
After receiving a message threatening the release of nude images and videos Faith met with one of Kelly’s team in an Applebees with her mother Kelly.
After the meeting Rodgers suffered an epileptic fit. She added: ‘It has to be something life or death. I can’t describe any emotion at that stage bar rage. It took a lot out of me that night.’
The new series includes interviews with two alleged survivors who haven´t spoken out publicly before and includes Tiffany Hawkins, the first alleged survivor who filed sexual charges. Other new voices include music executive Damon Dash, Beyoncé’s father Mathew Knowles, lawyer Gloria Allred and Illinois prosecutor Kimberly M. Foxx.
Rodgers said in her complaint, filed in May of last year, that she met Kelly backstage at a show in 2017, and a few months later his assistant flew her to New York for a concert.
Following his performance, Defendant, R. Kelly, bombarded Plaintiff’s hotel room and initiated unwanted sexual contact with Plaintiff,’ states the complaint.
‘Defendant disregarded specific statements made by Plaintiff that she was ‘not ready to have sex’ with Defendant and initiated non-consensual oral and vaginal intercourse.’
Rodgers said that ‘after initiating non-permissive, painful and abusive sex,’ Kelly ‘immediately insulted and criticized plaintiff concerning her ‘lack of participation’ and physical inadequacies.’
That encounter also left Rodgers with an STD she claims, stating in the suit that she had been tested prior to the encounter and was found to be negative.
‘Prior to initiating sexual contact, Defendant, R. Kelly, failed to advise Plaintiff that he had herpes an incurable sexually transmitted disease,’ reads the filing.
Rodgers stayed with Kelly for almost a year after that first encounter according to the complaint, and was allegedly forced to endure more abuse.
Faith’s parents, Kelly Rodgers and Pastor Charles Rodgers, appeared in the new documentary
‘During the course of their, approximately one-year relationship, Defendant, R. Kelly, routinely engaged in intimidation, mental, verbal and sexual abuse, during and after sexual contact,’ claims the complaint.
‘Defendant’s conduct was designed to humiliate, embarrass, intimidate and shame Plaintiff.’
It goes on to say: ‘Defendant, R. Kelly, routinely recorded Plaintiff without her consent submitting to deviant and compromising sexual contact. Defendant, R. Kelly’s, sexual contact was, at times, forceful and initiated without consent and despite noted objections by Plaintiff.’
Rodgers an her lawyer have filed nine causes of action in the suit: gender-based violence, sexual battery, civil battery, gross negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress, fraud, false imprisonment and nuisance.
Kelly, 52, is currently in jail, scheduled to stand trial in Cook County in September, then in federal court in Chicago in April and again in federal court in New York the next month.
Kelly has denied all the allegations related to sexual assault with minors, but the #MuteRKelly movement has damaged his financial stability. He did himself few favors when he portrayed himself as a victim in a combative interview with Gayle King in which he pounded his chest and yelled into the camera.
Jerhonda Pace met Kelly when she was just 17. She attended his child pornography trial in Chicago in 2008 as one of his supporters. Now 26, he appears in Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning, where she tells how he made her agree to a ‘suicide pact’ if he went to jail
R. Kelly’s ex-girlfriend says he forced her into a suicide pact that meant she had to kill herself if he went to jail
It comes as Jerhonda Pace, who met Kelly when she was just 17, revealed how he forced her into a suicide pact which meant she had to kill herself if he was ever arrested or harmed.
She attended his child pornography trial in Chicago in 2008 as one of his supporters. Until then, she had been a super fan of the singer but had never met him.
She was introduced to him outside the courtroom then started a relationship with him.
‘With Rob, I was part of a suicide pact with him. And if anything was to happen to him, if he was to go to jail or someone was to harm him, I was supposed to kill myself.
‘When the suicide pact came about, Rob and I was in the mirror room, and he told me if I was everything to him like I say he is, then there would be no life worth living.
‘He said, if something happens to me, I want you to take these pills.’
‘When I was with him I was really ready to take my own life, because Rob was everything to me. Rob was my life,’ she said.
Pace met Kelly in 2008 when she was 17 and a super fan. She would cut school every day to attend his child porn trial in Chicago. They are shown walking out of court
Jerhonda was interviewed in the first part of the docu-series but she has never before revealed the suicide pact.
Others who are interviewed tell how they received death threats from Kelly’s remaining fans after appearing in the first documentary.
‘People started DMin me and saying count your days.
‘How could people be this cruel, you have all this evidence? You wanna attack me and tell me all of this. It didn’t stop. It hasn’t stopped,’ she said.
Kelly’s ‘first victim’ who sued him in 1996 says she can’t believe no one believed her for years
Tiffany Hawkins, who has sued him in the past and says she is the first young girl he abused, also told how she watched him having sex with a group of her young friends.
She filed a lawsuit against him in 1996 seeking damages, claiming to have slept with him when she was 15 and he was 24 in 1991.
‘Robert did ask me to bring friends with me and I did bring friends with me. They always wound up having sex. Always. It always ended up that way.
‘The first time I met with Robert after getting his phone number, I gathered some friends, we went to his apartment.
‘We were all talking, laughing, you know everybody had fun.
Tiffany Hawkins says she was the first to be abused by Kelly is also interviewed. She says she confided in adults but that nothing was done
Ebony Wilkins says she had sex with Kelly when she was 14 or 15 after being introduced to him by Tiffany Hawkins. It is the first time Wilkins is speaking publicly
‘There was a lot of laughs, joking. There was a lot of fun. My friends were all in his bedroom.
‘So I would go in and out of the room. And every time I went in there, he was having sex with someone,’ she said.
She introduced him to six of her underage friends, who he slept with, before he slept with her, she claims.
Hawkins said he used to call her the ‘cable girl’ because she ‘hooked him up’.
She also said she could not believe it had taken so long for him to be brought down.
In the 1990s, her lawyer says he contacted prosecutors in Chicago but none wanted to hear their story.
That is why, they say, they took him on in civil court instead.
‘It happened again and again and again and again,’ Hawkins said.
Victim who was his live-in girlfriend and was rescued from hotel by her mom speaks out for first time on camera
Among those who are speaking for the first time on camera is Dominique Gardner whose dramatic rescue from a hotel in Los Angeles by her relentless mother was shown in the first part of the docu-series.
She had been living as one of his girlfriends and never speaking publicly until her mother, Michelle Kramer, tracked her down to the hotel.
Kramer brought her home with her but within a few months, Gardner returned to Kelly. She has since escaped for a second time.
Dominique Gardner, one of Kelly’s most recent girlfriends whose mother rescued her from an L.A. hotel room, is also interviewed. It is the first time she is speaking on camera about her relationship with Kelly
Gardner’s mother believes Kelly made her dress like a boy.They are shown, right, leaving the hotel she tracked her down to to save her that was part of the first documentary
Michel Avenatti on behalf of victims: Blame Kelly and no one else
Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniel’s former lawyer who himself is facing charges for alleged extortion but who is suing Kelly on behalf of some of his alleged victims, is also interviewed.
In the trailer for the series, Avenatti fumes that Kelly should be held accountable.
Lawyer Michael Avenatti, who has been accused of skimming money from clients’ settlements, is representing some of Kelly’s alleged victims in lawsuits. He is also interviewed
‘People look at some of these allegations and they blame the parents or they blame girls.
‘Where they should be blaming people is where the blame f*****g belongs and that’s with R.Kelly and his enablers. Period,’ Avenatti said.
Damon Dash: Why did it take so long for him to be brought down?
The singer’s controversial marriage to Aaliyah when she was just 15 is also discussed.
Damon Dash, mega music producer who was dating her when she died, said she wanted nothing to do with Kelly once their marriage was annulled aside from him leaving her alone.
He abhorred the fact no one stepped into help her despite it being public knowledge that she was a child.
Damon Dash also appears in Part II of the documentary. He speaks about Kelly’s marriage wit Aaliyah, when she was just 15
Aaliyah was only 15 when she and Kelly got married. It ended in an annulment and Dash, who dated her later, said she wanted nothing to do with him once it had been annulled. The marriage was not a secret, nor was Aaliyah’s age, but nothing was done to stop it or help her. Kelly was 27 at the time
‘Aaliyah was like the sacrificial lamb for all of that. She didn’t deserve none of that.
‘Good soul, good girl. wasn’t even that resentful – let him live but just keep him the f*** away from me.
‘She was just happy to be away.
Dash dated Aaliyah until her death in 2001. He said she was a ‘sacrificial lamb’ to Kelly who never deserved the alleged abuse she endured
‘I know the whole story – I know it was a cover up and all of that.
‘It just made the conversation less crazy. He married a child.
‘That was a headline, that was a rumor.
‘Something talked about like, ‘oh, you married Aaliyah? She’s 13!” he said.
The producer then corrected him to say she was 15 and not 13 when they got married.
Dash hit back: ’15 is 13! I don’t have to be accurate because I don’t care.
‘Fifteen, 13 – anything under 18 is disgusting. She was a child.’
He said he always knew what Kelly had allegedly been doing to girls but that he was amazed it took so long for him to be arrested.
‘I was with Aaliyah so I knew exactly what was going on. My thing was always I didn’t know why it took so long,’ he said.
The parents of Joycelyn Savage, one of Kelly’s two remaining live-in girlfriends, are interviewed again
Azriel Clary’s father, Angelo, is interviewed as well. He said he will stop at nothing to bring her home
Azriel (left) and Joycelyn (right) are the only two women standing by Kelly. They are shown in an interview with Gayle King in March, during which they defended him
Both of the singer’s brothers are interviewed.
Bruce Kelly, who is in prison, takes his brother’s side and says he feels sorry for him.
‘I know our mother is turning in her grave. All I care about is my brother. I love you Rob.
‘He’s still my brother. Robert can’t handle this. He just can’t. He is used to hiding with his music. There is no music to hide off with.
‘To come from nothing and achieve world acclaim as a status.
‘To go full circle to come to nothing? That’s got to be the most horrible thing anybody could endure.
‘Especially to come from nothing,’ he said.
Kelly’s brother Carey tells how the singer tried to convince him to take the fall for the 2002 child porn sex tape he was accused of appearing in and say it was him
Jimmy Maynes says Kelly convinced him it was not him in the child porn video he was acquitted of in filming in 2002 by telling him the video was of his ‘twin brother’. He does not have a twin brother but Maynes was instructed by Jive Records to go out and buy up all the copies of the tape that he could find
Carey Kelly, his brother brother, is less sympathetic. He told how R. Kelly tried to convince him to lie and say it was him in the 2002 child pornography tape he was acquitted on, and offered him $50,000 to do it.
The families of Kelly’s two remaining girlfriends – Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage are also interviewed.
They say they will not stop until the can bring the girls home.
Kelly’s fall from grace was among the most talked about of the year.
Kelly’s ex-wife Andrea is interviewed again. She says manipulated her mentally and physically for years
Kelly’s brother, Bruce, who is in prison, is also interviewed for the second part of the documentary. He says he still loves his brother and is there for him
In March, he appeared in a sit-down interview with Gayle King where he screamed, cried and protested his innocence.
Kelly has four indictments against him.
The first is a state case in Chicago alleging 10 counts of sexual abuse, which Illinois prosecutors filed in March last year.
Last July, he was hit with two federal indictments; one in New York and one in Illinois, which allege racketeering along with sexual assault and sexual exploitation.
In August this year, he was charged in a fourth case in Minnesota for allegedly having sex with an underage prostitute.
In December 2019, a judge in Chicago set a trial date for September next year for him but it is unclear which of his many cases it applies to.
He has pleaded not guilty across the board and believes he is the victim of a set-up from women looking to be paid.
Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning will air on January 2, 3 and 4.
The allegations against R. Kelly
CHICAGO, AUGUST 1994:
Kelly, then 27, wed Aaliyah Dana Haughton, then 15, at a suburban Chicago hotel. The singer had been his protege, and he wrote and produced her 1994 debut album, ‘Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number.’ The marriage was later annulled, and the two refused to confirm it happened. In 2001, Aaliyah died in a light aircraft crash in the Abaco Islands, Bahamas.
CHICAGO, DECEMBER 1996:
A Chicago woman, Tiffany Hawkins, sued Kelly and his recording and management companies alleging she suffered personal injuries and emotional harm because she had sex with the singer in 1991, when she was 15. The relationship ended in 1994 when she turned 18. The woman said she met Kelly while a freshman at Kenwood Academy, a high school Kelly attended but didn’t graduate from. She was seeking $10 million in damages, but the Chicago Sun-Times reported in December 2000 that she settled for $250,000. Over the next two years, Kelly settled three more cases out of court but denied wrongdoing.
CHICAGO, JUNE 2002:
Kelly was indicted on 21 counts of child pornography. The 33-year-old singer was accused based on a videotape allegedly showing him having sex with an underage girl. The Sun-Times reported the then-14-year-old girl was the daughter of an associate of the singer. Kelly was acquitted on all counts in June 2008.
CHICAGO, JUNE 2008:
Kelly goes on trial after a delay of five years and is acquitted on all counts after less than a full day of deliberations.
GEORGIA, JULY 2017:
BuzzFeed reported the singer lured women into ‘cult-like’ relationships. The internet media outlet reported that Kelly was keeping women aged 18 to 31 in properties in Chicago and Georgia, where he abused and secluded them from their families. No charges resulted because the women were of legal age. When contacted by police, one of the women told authorities she was ‘fine’ and didn’t want to be bothered. At the same time, Jerhonda Pace said she became sexually involved with Kelly when she was a 16-year-old fan.
NEW YORK, MAY 2018:
Faith Rodgers filed a lawsuit in New York alleging Kelly sexually abused and demeaned her, locked her in rooms and vehicles for punishment and infected her with herpes. Rodgers said in the lawsuit that the abuse took place during a roughly yearlong relationship. Rodgers made the same allegations in a police report filed in April 2018 in Dallas that Kelly’s management team denied. Rodgers, then 20, said in a television interview that Kelly, 51, instructed her to call him ‘daddy’ and told her his goal was to teach her how to have sex like a ‘mature woman.’
NEW YORK, JUNE 2018:
Andrea Kelly, R. Kelly’s ex-wife and mother of his three children, said in a television interview the singer abused her throughout their 13-year marriage and despair led her to consider suicide. During a later interview, she said their arguments often ended in violence, including an altercation in which she said he pulled her left arm behind her back and pushed his forearm against her neck. ‘I think the reason why I think I made it out is because I said, ‘Robert, you’re going to kill me. I can’t breathe,” she said in an October 2018 interview on ABC’s ‘The View.’ Andrea Kelly, who was married to the singer from 1996 to 2009, said she was speaking out to save lives and bring validity to other women’s stories of alleged abuse at the hands of the entertainer.
CHICAGO, JANUARY 2019:
Lifetime network begins airing the docuseries ‘Surviving R. Kelly.’ The series looked at the singer’s history, and allegations that he has sexually abused women and teenage girls. The series presented first-hand accounts of years of alleged abuse against young girls and women by Kelly. Several subjects noted the singer and his entourage purposefully targeted Kenwood Academy girls at a nearby McDonald’s. He has denied doing anything wrong, however there has been fallout, with reports his record label dropped him. The #MeToo and #MuteRKelly movements have demanded his music be dropped from streaming services and radio play.
CHICAGO, FEBRUARY 2019
Kelly is charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four victims , including at least three between the ages of 13 and 17. Some of the alleged abuse went back at least as far as 1998, according to charging documents. An indictment unsealed Friday specifically referenced abuse that took place around Feb. 18, 2003.
CHICAGO, MAY 2019
Cook County prosecutors add 11 more sex-related counts involving one of the victims who accused him of sexually abusing her when she was underage.
CHICAGO-NEW YORK CITY, JULY 2019
Prosecutors in Illinois and New York charge Kelly in federal court, accusing him and members of his entourage of recruiting women and girls to engage in illegal sexual activity with the singer and paying them to cover up his crimes, including those at the center of his 2008 acquittal on child pornography charges.