Two women shared their allegations of sexual abuse in a “Dateline” special that aired on Friday.
“Accused: The R. Kelly Story” included new interviews with Tracy Sampson and Jerhonda Pace, both of whom have previously accused the singer of having sex with them when they were underage.
Sampson, now 36, first told her story to the Washington Post in May 2018, but her interview with “Dateline” marked the first time she has appeared on camera to share her allegations; she signed a non-disclosure agreement with Kelly in 2002, agreeing to a $250,000 settlement.
According to Sampson, she was a 16-year-old intern at Epic Records in 1999 when she met Kelly.
“‘Can I kiss you?’ and I was like, ‘No,’” she said the singer asked her. “‘Well, give me a hug.’ And then, like, when I gave him a hug he just started kissing me.”
Sampson added: “I was in love with him. I just didn’t know what to do. Like, I didn’t know if this was normal. I didn’t know if this is how adults acted.”
Pace also detailed her accusations against Kelly, telling “Dateline” she provided Chicago police with a t-shirt that she wore during a sexual encounter with Kelly when she was 16, and had Kelly’s DNA on it.
Also interviewed by “Dateline” was Kelly’s lawyer, Steven Greenberg, who admitted his client is suffering from the scandal that’s engulfed him.
“The record companies are abandoning him,” said Greenberg (Sony reportedly cut ties with Kelly shortly before the special aired). “Other artists are all of a sudden acting like they’re shocked by these rumours that are floating around. He’s having a very difficult time. But he is strong, he’s tough. He wants to put out his music and continue performing for people. And I expect that’s what he’ll be able to do.”
“Dateline” also offered an update on Michelle Kramer and her daughter Dominique, who had been estranged from her mother while she was part of Kelly’s alleged “sex cult.” Watch: