Updated: April 24, 2019 / 5:43 PM
A woman wins a civil case after accusing R. Kelly of sexual abuse. She has won the case by default against Kelly after the singer failed to respond to her lawsuit and not showing up in court.
The woman who accused Kelly of having sex with her repeatedly when she was 16 years old, filed the case in Chicago back in February, a day before Kelly was arrested and taken into custody on a total of 10 charges of sexual abuse.
The woman is one of four accusers – three of which who were underage at the time of the alleged crimes – at the center of the criminal case against the singer, according to Jeffrey Deutschman, her lawyer.
The woman who won the case is identified as “H.W.” in criminal court filings.
The lawsuit claims Kelly first met the woman when she was only 16 years of age and initiated a sexual relationship that lasted longer than a year.
On Tuesday, a Chicago judge entered a default ruling against Kelly, according to court records, after not responding to the lawsuit and missed the hearing.
Moira Johnson, who is the judge, will be hearing from the victim next month at a trial before determining how much Kelly should pay in total damages.
Steve Greenberg, Kelly’s criminal defense attorney, said he was not involved in the civil litigation and declined to comment on the matter.