One of the women who appeared in the documentary series ‘Surviving R Kelly’ claims that she has a piece of evidence that proves that she had a sexual relationship with the singer when she was 16.
Jerhonda Pace, one of the women who appeared in the Lifetime docuseries, sat with Dateline NBC to share that she still possessed a shirt that had the 52-year-old artist’s DNA on it.
Pace shared that she got the DNA ‘after he had spit on me, I wiped it off…. I wiped it off with my t-shirt.’
Jerhonda Pace claims that she still has a shirt that has R Kelly’s spit and semen on it
She added that her shirt also contained semen that belonged to Kelly.
Olympia Field Police confirmed that they had gathered items from Pace and took a report from her.
Kelly’s lawyer claims that the singer doesn’t know anything about the shirt.
Pace says she met R Kelly during his 2008 child pornography trial and was seen in pictures at the courthouse during the trial.
R Kelly and Sony have agreed to part ways reports Billboard, ending their three-decade relationship.
Pace shared that she got the DNA ‘after he had spit on me, I wiped it off…. I wiped it off with my t-shirt’
Pace says she met R Kelly during his 2008 child pornography trial and was seen in pictures at the courthouse during the trial. Pace, one of the women who appeared in the Lifetime docuseries seen above
Kelly signed with Jive back in 1991, and would later record albums under Sony subsidiaries including Epic and RCA.
He has now been removed from both the RCA and Sony websites.
This all comes hours after one of the first young women to ever file a lawsuit against R Kelly for sexual abuse broke her silence for the first time in a preview for Dateline.
Tracy Sampson filed her complaint against Kelly in 2002, alleging that when she was a 16-year-old intern at Epic the singer forced her into a sexual relationship that lasted for two years.
Dump n’ grind: R Kelly and Sony are parting ways it was reported on Friday, ending the singer’s 29-year relationship with the company
‘I was in love with him. I just didn’t know what to do, like I didn’t know if this was normal,’ says Sampson in a preview for the episode.
Tears then begin to roll down her face as she continues: ‘I didn’t know if this how adults acted, like I just didn’t know. I didn’t know.’
This all happened while she was an intern at Epic Records, a position she had taken over her summer vacation.
Kelly’s lawyer has accused Sampson and every other woman accusing his client of abuse and/or assault of lying, while Epic Records did not respond to a request for comment.
Sampson also reveals for the first time that she received a $250,000 settlement after filing her complaint back in 2001 against Kelly.
Brave young woman: Tracy Sampson (above) is giving her first interview since settling a sexual abuse lawsuit against R Kelly for $250,000 in 2002
Allegation: Sampson claims that Kelly, 52, forced himself on her when she was 16 and working as an intern at Epic Records during her summer vacation (Sampson above at 16)
Her lawsuit was filed just before it was reported that Kelly had allegedly made a sex tape with an underage girl.
Sampson described on Dateline how her first encounter with Kelly happened, claiming that it was completely against her will.
He asked, “Can I kiss you?” and I was like, “No.”‘
‘Well, give me a hug,’ said Kelly according to Sampson.
‘And then, like, when I gave him a hug he just started kissing me.’
Sampson filed her lawsuit at 18 and it was settled less than a year later, thus avoiding any court appearances.
At the same time she stepped forward to share her story, Kelly’s lawyer is pushing back harder than ever before.
‘The record companies are abandoning him. Other artists are all of a sudden acting like they’re shocked by these rumors that – that are floating around. He’s having a very difficult time,’ said Steven Greenberg of the singer.
‘But he is strong, he’s tough. He wants to put out his music and continue performing for people. And I expect that’s what he’ll be able to do.’
Andrea Canning then asked him if he truly believed that all these women were lying, to which he instantly replied: ‘Every one of them, yes.’
The claims made by Sampson are similar to the ones made by a number of other women.
Court documents obtained by DailyMail.com show that Lydia Agu, the lawyer for Faith Rodgers, filed a request for a preliminary conference last week and Judge Arlene P Bluth has been assigned to preside over the case.
Rodgers held a press conference on Friday in New York City where she repeated many of the allegations made in her lawsuit, including that Kelly knowingly infected her with Herpes, raped her and physically abused her over the course of their year-long relationship.
She was just 19 at the time of these alleged offenses.
Agu tells DailyMail.com that she is waiting to hear back from the court on a date for the preliminary conference.
Fighting back: Faith Rodgers (above on Friday) has requested a preliminary conference after filing a lawsuit against R Kelly back in May claiming the singer raped her and gave her herpes
Filimng: Her lawyer, Lydia Agu, told DailyMail.com that Judge Arlene P Bluth has been assigned to preside over the case
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.
‘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.
Kelly has denied all allegations tough his lawyer
‘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.
They are asking for damages to be determined at trial.
In her press conference on Friday, Rodgers alleged that Kelly wrote a letter threatening to reveal intimate details of her sexual history if she didn’t drop the lawsuit.
She claims the letter said Kelly would demand medical documentation of her claim that he gave her herpes, force her to turn over texts and social media posts, and have ’10 personal male witnesses testifying under oath about her sex life’.
The letter, which was not filed in court, stated: ‘If Ms Rodgers really cares about her own reputation she should cease her participation and association with the organizers of this negative campaign.’
Kelly’s lawyer responded by stating: ‘Mr. Kelly has done nothing. That’s why no one has called the police. That’s why there’s no evidence of him doing anything wrong.’