A woman who accused R Kelly of sexual abuse has won a civil case against the singer after he failed to respond to the lawsuit and appear in court.
The woman, who alleged that Kelly had sex with her when she was 16, filed the case in February, only a day before the singer was arrested on 10 charges on sexual abuse.
Her lawyer Jeffrey Deutschman claims that she is one of four accusers, all of whom allege that they were underage, who are at the centre of Kelly’s criminal case. She is referred to as “HW” in all court filings.
The default ruling against Kelly was granted by Chicago judge Moira Johnson on Tuesday, after Kelly failed to turn up to court and respond to the case.
A subsequent hearing next month will determine how much the singer is required to pay in damages.
His lawyer Steve Greenberg was not involved in the civil case and has so far declined to comment.
The criminal case sees Kelly facing allegations that he sexually assaulted three teenage girls and a woman.
They came only a month after Surviving R Kelly, a documentary which detailed allegations of extensive sexual abuse against the star.
The allegations have surrounded Kelly for decades, but he has pleaded not guilty and denies any wrongdoing.
According to the latest lawsuit, Kelly first met the woman when she was 16 and instigated a sexual relationship that lasted for over a year.
It was reported earlier this month that Kelly only has $625 left to his name after the series of extensive legal battles.