A woman who accused R. Kelly of sexual abuse has won a civil case by default against the singer, after he failed to respond to her lawsuit and was a no-show in court.
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 at the center of the criminal case against Kelly. 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 will hear from the victim at a hearing next month before determining how much Kelly should pay in damages.