*It may or may not be a moot point now that R. Kelly has 10 charges of sexual misconduct to deal with, but two new accusers have come forward against the controversial singer. You won’t be surprised to learn that they claim he also sexually harassed them when they were underage.
Latresa Scaff and Rochelle Washington say they shared an experience with Kelly after attending a concert and afterparty in Baltimore in 1995 when they were 16 and 15 respectively.
The two women joined famed attorney Gloria Allred at a press conference on Thursday to tell their story publicly for the first time.
Scaff said she and Washington were picked out from the crowd at the afterparty for the Kelly and LL Cool J show, and invited back to a hotel suite.
“The man who had let us into [Kelly’s hotel room] … said, ‘R. Kelly is getting ready to enter the room. Pull up your dresses,’” she recalled. “Rochelle and I did what we were told. We were standing, and we had panties on underneath our dresses. Then R. Kelly came into the room a few minutes later. The other man left right away when Kelly entered the room. Mr. Kelly was wearing jeans and a white T-shirt. His penis was out and was over the top of his pants.”
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Kelly then led them to the bed and after some sweet talk about featuring them in one of his music videos, he then started “touching my breasts and vagina,” Scaff said. “He put his hand under my dress. He asked both of us if we would do a threesome. Rochelle said, ‘No, I do not do that.’ She left and went to the bathroom. … When Kelly was alone with me, he asked me to perform oral sex on him. I was under the influence of marijuana and alcohol and did it. He then had sexual intercourse with me, even though I did not have the capacity to consent.”
Washington said she has not been able to forget that night.
“I’m now a mother with children, and I feel I was taken advantage of when I was a teenager,” she said. “I just want justice for anyone that was hurt or violated.” Similarly, Scaff said she was speaking out in an effort to encourage other women with similar stories to come forward. “I want justice for anyone who is a victim of R. Kelly.”
“When I first met R. Kelly that night, I was very happy and excited because I was young and starstruck. However 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 after-party.”
“I just want justice for anyone that was hurt or violated,” Washington said. “I want victims to know it’s not their fault.”
Allred is representing several clients who allege they were sexually abused by the R&B star and she noted the bravery of Scaff and Washington for coming forward.
“For years they were embarrassed about what happened that night and they were not sure if they should blame themselves for what happened when they were teenagers,” she said.
As reported by The AP, the two women intend to meet with officials from the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York. Allred didn’t explain why she selected that jurisdiction for alleged crimes in Maryland.