Randee St. Nicholas/RCA RecordsA new video showing R. Kelly allegedly dismissing his #MuteRKelly critics is making headlines.
The visual, first posted via social media on May 17 by The Atlantic’s legal contributor Xavier Pope, shows the controversial R&B icon speaking to several people, saying “I’m handcuffed by my destiny.”
“It’s too late. They should have did this s*** thirty years ago. It’s too late.”
He continues, “The music has been injected into the world. OK?”
On Tuesday, Pope tweeted in regards to the video, “I deemed the R. Kelly video ‘extremely newsworthy’ because: 1. The extensive coverage of R. Kelly’s legal troubles, #MuteRKelly campaign and its connection to #MeToo movement. 2. His defiant declaration seemingly addressing it. 3. Inside of the ‘locker room talk’ of enablers.”
Pope’s social media release of the video follows news of R. Kelly being sued by a woman in a New York City court for alleged sexual battery, false imprisonment and failure to disclose a sexually transmitted disease.
As previously reported, the alleged victim, Faith A. Rodgers, claims in her lawsuit that she was 19 when she met the singer after a performance in San Antonio in March 2017, and engaged in several weeks of phone conversations before he arranged for her to fly to New York.
It was there he allegedly “initiated unwanted sexual contact” in a hotel room.
The suit goes on to claim that Kelly did not tell Rodgers, now 20, that he was infected with herpes — a criminal act — and she contracted the disease.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
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