Another woman has come forward with allegations against R. Kelly in the wake of claims that he is holding young women in a sex cult.
Jerhonda Pace, now 24, told Buzzfeed she was just 16 when she began having sex with Kelly, whom she first met in Chicago when she attended his child pornography trial in 2008. She was 15 at the time. The following year, Kelly invited her to his home without inquiring about her age.
Pace accused R&B star of mentally and physically abusing her during their 8-month relationship. She says she finally told Kelly she was 16 in July 2009, after they’d already started their sexual relationship, and he allegedly told her to lie about her age and tell people she was 19.
Pace — whose last name was Johnson at the time (she’s since married) — told Buzzfeed that she followed a set of “rules” when she spent weekends with Kelly at the singer’s Olympia Fields, Ill. home that required her to wear baggy clothes and ask for permission to use the bathroom, shower, and even eat.
She claims Kelly turned violent toward her in January 2010 after the singer saw her texting one of her friends.
“I was slapped and I was choked and I was spit on,” she told Buzzfeed.
Pace says she stopped seeing Kelly from there, and reached out to Chicago attorney Susan E. Loggans, who had worked with woman who claimed to be wronged by Kelly in the past. Pace told Buzzfeed that Loggans reached a big settlement with Kelly within weeks.
Years later, Pace says she’s currently worried about a friend who she brought into Kelly’s group, who sources tell Buzzfeed still lives with the singer.
Pace’s allegations come a month after Buzzfeed originally reported that the parents of an aspiring singer — since identified as Joycelyn Savage — believed their daughter was one of several women being manipulated by Kelly in what they’ve described as a “cult.”