Judge orders R. Kelly’s attorneys to respond to civil lawsuit by alleged victim

Singer R. Kelly arrives at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse on June 06, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. The singer appeared in court to face new charges of criminal sexual abuse. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

CHICAGO — R. Kelly is getting more time to respond to a civil lawsuit from a woman who said he sexually abused her when she was underage.

Heather Williams said she met Kelly in 1998 while walking down a street in Chicago. She said the abuse continued until she was an adult, and she has suffered shame, guilt and depression. She’s suing for at least $50,000.

Sources close to Kelly said Williams’ attorney tried to obtain money before filing the lawsuit.

The judge gave Kelly and his attorneys one week to respond to the lawsuit, even though they asked that it be delayed until the criminal case is completed.

Kelly was not in court Wednesday.

Kelly recently pled not guilty to 11 sex-related charges, four of which are aggravated criminal sexual assault counts. Earlier this year, the he pled not guilty to 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse pertaining to four women.

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