Did R. Kelly ‘intentionally’ give herpes to a 19-year old?

R&B crooner R. Kelly is once again on the hot seat, this time for allegedly giving a 19-year-old woman herpes on purpose.

Dallas police are investigating to find out whether the singer “knowingly and intentionally” transmitted herpes, without first disclosing that he had the STD, during a nearly nearly yearlong relationship with the accuser, according to the Dallas Morning News.

The police department’s Crimes Against Persons Division is reviewing the case with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, according to the Dallas Morning News

“When somebody brings something to our attention, we have a responsibility to look into it and to do our due diligence — that’s with any kind of case,” Dallas police Dept. Chief Thomas Castro, who oversees investigations, said, according to the article.

Kelly has not commented on the subject, but there has been word from a spokesperson, who reportedly told the Washington Post that Kelly “categorically denies all claims and allegations.”

The accuser, who is now reportedly 20, has not yet been identified. But her attorney, Lee Merritt, alleges “R. Kelly’s representatives invited the woman backstage at one of his concerts last year and he groomed her over the next several months to join a ‘sex cult’ by paying for flights to his concerts and hotel stays,” according to the Dallas Morning News article, and that she “intends to file a lawsuit by the end of the week.”

FILE - In this June 30, 2013 file photo, R. Kelly performs onstage at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The owners of 5001 Flavors knew when they started the company 23 years ago they wanted to sell custom-made clothes to rap and R&B musicians. They sought out artists and record company executives at parties and music industry events. They looked in particular for up-and-coming artists. Now musicians like R. Kelly and Kid Rock are among their fans. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)
R. Kelly (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP) (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)

Whether this might constitute, legally, a case of sexual assault is not clear. There seems to be conflicting opinions/laws on the subject.

“Police have said the incident will not be investigated as sexual assault since both parties consented. But in Texas, someone who transmits a sexually transmitted disease to someone else without disclosing it first can be charged with assault,” according to the Dallas Morning News report.

 

 

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