The woman, who accused Kelly of repeatedly
having sex with her when she was 16 years old, filed the case in
Chicago in February, a day before Kelly was arrested on 10
charges of sexual abuse.
She is one of four accusers - three of whom were underage at the
time of the alleged crimes - at the center of the criminal case
against Kelly, according to her lawyer, Jeffrey Deutschman. She
is identified as "H.W." in criminal court filings.
A Chicago judge on Tuesday entered a default ruling against
Kelly, according to court records, after he did not respond to
the lawsuit and missed the hearing.
The judge, Moira Johnson, will hear from the victim at a hearing
next month before determining how much Kelly should pay in
Kelly's criminal defense attorney, Steve Greenberg, said he was
not involved in the civil litigation and declined to comment.
Prosecutors say Kelly, 52, sexually assaulted three teenage
girls as well as a woman. Kelly, who has faced similar
allegations for decades, has pleaded not guilty to the charges
and denied any wrongdoing.
He was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008.
The lawsuit said Kelly first met the woman when she was 16 years
old and initiated a sexual relationship that lasted for more
than a year.
Kelly, whose first name is Robert, is an R&B star known for hits
like "I Believe I Can Fly" and "Bump N' Grind."
(Reporting by Joseph Ax)
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