R. Kelly decided to not to show up for court today and his team responded with some harsh words. Now, the accuser has automatically won by default.
The Chicago Tribune reports, “Records show Kelly was served a court summons last month while locked up in Cook County Jail for failing to pay back child support, but he never filed an appearance in the lawsuit, according to court filings by the woman’s attorneys.”
The 52-year-old singer lost the civil lawsuit by default because he did not show up to court. The accuser is seeking more than $50,000 in damages.
The plaintiff has remained unidentified but the lawsuit claims, “Kelly drove up to talk to the girl as she walked outside in May 1998 and that later that day one of his associates met her at a restaurant, told her that Kelly wanted to speak with her and invited her to his studio.” Allegedly, the two had sexual contact and she was underage. The victim is now 36.
There is no word how or when she will receive the $50,000.
Kelly was arrested Feb. 23 after surrendering to Chicago police following his indictment on the same day for 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. After spending the weekend in jail because he arguably had trouble paying the $100,000 for bail, a friend of his posted his bond.
Kelly was taken into custody again for failing to pay more than $160,000 in child support but was released a few days later after someone else paid his bond.
The latest sex crime charges he is facing stem from attorney Michael Avenatti, who is now in his own legal scandal, giving purported child porn videos that featured the singer. Avenatti said he was hired April of 2017 in connection to multiple allegations of Kelly sexually assaulting minors. He claimed to have videotaped evidence, which, despite their similarities, were apparently not the same video footage that got Kelly indicted in 2002 — and acquitted in 2008 — for child porn.
Interest in seeing Kelly charged for his alleged crimes came at the beginning of the year when the bombshell docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly” aired with several women accusing him of sexually abusing them when they were underage.