R. Kelly failed to show up to his court date & lost by default.
R. Kelly fell right into the pit of controversy following the release of a 2-part documentary, extensively observing the singer's previous sexual misconduct. Precisely, Surviving R. Kelly explored the numerous ways in which the "Bump N' Grind" singer allegedly took advantage of and abused numerous women, most of which were underage at the time. The documentary garnered a series of civil lawsuits against the R&B star, notably ten counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse is currently tied to Kelly's name via his home state of Illinois.
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Of the several motions against him, R. Kelly appears to have lost one this week. According to the Chicago Tribune, Kelly failed to show up to his set court date which resulted in the default loss. The case itself was brought forth by a woman who claimed having begun a sexual relationship with the disgraced musician in 1998. Indubitably, the woman was only 16 years old at the time. The suit totaled $50,000 in damages.
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Furthermore, reports by the Tribune also add: “Robert Sylvester Kelly has failed and refused to file an appearance or answer to the Complaint even though [he is] required to do so,” and as such, Kelly's team clapped back with an unapologetic opinion surrounding the filed lawsuits. Darrell Johnson, the singer's publicist, shared the following quote with the Chicago Sun-Times: "We don't care about the lawsuit. The lawsuit means nothing to us."