Twenty years of sexual abuse and coerced abortion allegations have finally caught up to disgraced R&B singer R. Kelly, who now faces multiple state and federal charges including racketeering, sexual abuse, bribery, and violating the Mann Act, which prohibits taking minors across state lines for prostitution. His trial is currently taking place in New York, where an array of bombshell information has been revealed through testimony from witnesses and victims alike — including that R. Kelly allegedly forced multiple underage women into abortions.
Multiple Jane Does are testifying against R. Kelly during the trial, including one who alleged that the singer married the now-deceased singer Aaliyah at the age of 15 so he could get her an abortion. As Aaliyah tragically passed away in 2001 from a plane crash, she couldn’t speak firsthand about any abuse she suffered at R. Kelly’s hands. But other surviving victims could, and did.
The woman currently known as Jane Doe #5 testified that she met R. Kelly at the age of 17, when he began grooming her almost immediately. Jane was a junior in high school at the time, and hoped to pursue a career as an R&B singer, as well as earn a music scholarship to college. Jane thought she would be auditioning for R. Kelly, but instead, he immediately began pressuring her for sex. “I was against it,” she said. “I told him I did not come to please him. He continued to persist.”
Her parents, scared for her, called police to do a wellness check on her after they couldn’t get in touch with her, but they left, despite Jane showing them her ID which clearly showed that she was underage. Jane soon became one of R. Kelly’s “girlfriends,” and she moved in with him. However, with her senior year of high school approaching, she told R. Kelly that she wanted to move back with her parents and finish high school; she said Kelly responded by slapping her in the face. She was only allowed to contact her parents on Kelly’s phone, and if she tried to defend her parents to Kelly, he punished her. Eventually, she wasn’t allowed to contact her parents at all, and he told her that she had been sold to him by her parents for drugs.
“He would say that we were worthless and that we did not mean anything to them,” Jane said. “He would basically say they had sold us to him… and that we were in a better situation with him.”
Jane and the other girlfriends were isolated, told how to dress and behave, and forced to participate in humiliating sex acts, which were often videotaped. Jane said she was confined to a single room for days on end, with only a cup to urinate in. If she behaved in a way that Kelly didn’t approve of, he became violent. “I would get chastised nearly every two to three days,” Jane said. “He would leave bruises and sometimes it would make my skin tear.”
She said Kelly also infected her with herpes, and the infection was only diagnosed after Jane began experiencing severe abdominal and pelvic pain. Kelly only took her to get medical care once the pain became so bad that she was barely able to walk. Though Kelly has had herpes since no later than 2007, according to his doctor, he denied that he gave the sexually-transmitted disease to Jane.
Then, in 2017, Kelly forced Jane to have an abortion. Though she didn’t want to lose her preborn child, Kelly said he “still wanted me to keep my body tight.” She is also the woman who testified that Kelly obtained an abortion for Aaliyah at age 15.
Now 23, Jane is finally free of Kelly, though she was one of two women defending him in an interview with Gayle King in 2019 for CBS This Morning. Even that, Jane said, was a manipulation; Kelly was in the room with the women during the entire taping, and would cough every now and then to make sure they didn’t forget he was there.
Jane is clear that her worth is more than what Kelly reduced her to, testifying, “I feel that I never deserved any of that.”
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