Two new women have come forward for the first time with sexual misconduct allegations against R. Kelly. According to Complex, Gloria Allred, who is representing both women, gave a press conference on the allegations Thursday afternoon (February 21st). Allred says that the women were compelled to come forward “in order to encourage others who may have been victimized by him to come forward.” The attorney also said that the singer used his celebrity to manipulate and victimize her clients, which she argued fits an “alleged pattern” of singling out vulnerable “teenagers.”
The two women, Latresa Scaff and Rochelle Washington, spoke during the press conference as well. Scaff and Washington were teenagers when they met Kelly in Baltimore in the mid 90s. The women said that they met the singer at a party, which allegedly offered cocaine, marijuana and alcohol.
Washington said, “At the time I thought meeting a celebrity would make me be happy but in this case it didn’t. I just wanted to have fun . . . I could never forget that day. I can't get it out of my mind, what I saw and what happened.”
According to Page Six, Scaff said, “When I first met R. Kelly that night, I was very happy and excited because I was young and starstruck. owever, now that I am an adult, I feel hurt by what he did to me when I was only 16 years old and under the influence of alcohol and marijuana, which had been provided to me at his afterparty.” She added, “It took a heavy toll on me. So I feel like I need to be here today to tell what happened to me, because of all of the other victims that were affected by it as well.”
Kelly allegedly proposed a threesome, exposed himself and took advantage of Scaff on the night in question.
Both women are willing to testify under oath.
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY REPORTEDLY ACCUMULATING EVIDENCE ON R. KELLY
In other news, the New Yorker reports that Homeland Security is reportedly compiling evidence on R. Kelly. DHS’ investigative division, which handles sex trafficking, is gathering information about a girl who became involved with the singer in 2015, when she was still underage. The girl’s family claims their daughter became a part of a sex cult, and has been held against her will.
The New Yorker says, “The D.H.S. investigation is looking, in part, at charges that Kelly transported girls across state lines 'for immoral purposes,' in violation of the White-Slave Traffic Act, from 1910, which is more commonly known as the Mann Act.”