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R Kelly accused of new sexual misconduct

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R Kelly is accused of “predatory, controlling and abusive behaviour”

R Kelly is facing a fresh allegation of sexual misconduct, from a former partner who claims he “intentionally” infected her with an STD in Dallas.

According to her lawyer, the unnamed woman was the victim of “unlawful restraint” during her 11-month relationship with the R&B singer.

It is claimed that Kelly, 51, attempted to make the woman a member of the “sex cult” he is alleged to have run.

The Dallas Police Department has said it is looking into the allegation.

In a statement issued in advance of a press conference scheduled for Wednesday, lawyer Lee Merritt claims his client was 19 when she and Kelly began a sexual relationship.

Mr Merritt goes on to accuse the singer of “predatory, controlling and abusive behaviour” and “furnishing alcohol and illegal drugs to a minor”.

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The singer has faced accusations of sexual misconduct since the 1990s

Kelly, best known in the UK for hits including I Believe I Can Fly, has faced numerous accusations of sexual misconduct, making indecent images of children and other offences.

Last year the singer – whose full name is Robert Kelly – denied allegations he was holding a number of young women in a so-called cult.

The Washington Post has quoted a representative for the singer as saying that he “categorically denies all claims and allegations”.

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