Two women stepped forward Friday with allegations that R. Kelly sexually abused them as teens.
“Dateline NBC” aired an interview Friday night with Tracy Sampson, who met Kelly when she was a 16-year-old intern for Epic Records in 1999 and Jerhonda Pace, who says she, too, had a sexual relationship with the singer when she was 16.
Pace told Dateline that she has DNA evidence of sexual abuse at the hands of Kelly, including spit and semen on a blue t-shirt, which she kept.
“It almost sounds like Monica Lewinsky, the blue dress,” NBC Correspondent Andrea Canning says in the interview.
Dateline reports that the Olympia Fields Illinois Police Department took a report from Pace and collected items from her, but said it would not give details at this time. NBC reported that Kelly’s lawyer told the news program he knows nothing about the t-shirt.
In the special, Pace also claims she not only suffered sexual abuse but physical abuse, recalling a time Kelly allegedly slapped her for saying she didn’t like the same sports team he did.
“It went from just bein’ slapped in your face to bein’ choked. And he starved me. He would, like, not – he would not feed me,” she told Canning. “I was locked in a room for three days with no food… If I didn’t agree to havin’ sex with him, or performin’, I would be locked in the room.”
Pace said she felt like she couldn’t leave, claiming Kelly forced her to write incriminating letters that could be used against her.
“I had wrote these letters sayin’ I stole $250,000 worth of jewelry from him,” she said. “Even though it wasn’t real, I was still scared.”
After six months of isolation, however, Pace says she concocted a story that allowed her to escape the house for 15 minutes, which is when she told her mother everything. The family sued Kelly, Dateline reports, and Kelly quietly settled the lawsuit in 2010, denying improper conduct.
Meanwhile, Sampson alleged in a 2001 lawsuit that between May 2000 and March 2001, Kelly induced her “into an indecent sexual relationship,” when she was 17, according to the Los Angeles Times. The suit was settled out of court for $250,000, though Kelly denied having sex with Sampson when she was underage.
“I was in love with him. I just didn’t know what to do,” Sampson tells Canning. “I didn’t know if this was normal. I didn’t know if this was how adults acted. I just didn’t know.”
Sampson says Kelly asked if he could kiss her, and when she refused, he kissed her anyway.
The segment also includes an interview with Greenberg, who told Canning that Kelly didn’t do anything wrong when it comes to Sampson and other accusers. He asserts that all of the women who have come forward with allegations against Kelly are lying.
The Kelly-focused segment comes on the heels of “Surviving R. Kelly,” a six-part Lifetime docu-series that aired earlier this month and detailed decades of sexual misconduct allegations against the singer.