Former Intern Claims R. Kelly Began Abusing Her When She Was 16

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Seventeen years in the past, a 18-year-old Epic Records intern Tracy Sampson sued R. Kelly for sexual abuse after being concerned in a relationship with the singer for 2 years. Now, for the primary time, she's talking out about R. Kelly's in regards to the singer's alleged abuse.

In a brand new episode NBC’s Dateline, Sampson claims that the singer was mentally and bodily abusive to her. In her unique interview with NBC News’ Andrea Canning, she alleges that she met the singer on the age of 16 whereas working as an intern at Epic Records in 1999. They dated for 2 years earlier than Sampson broke up with Kelly when she was 18 years outdated.

“I used to be in love with him. I simply didn’t know what to do,” she stated. “Like, I didn’t know if this was regular. I didn’t know if that is how adults acted. Like, I – I simply didn’t know. I didn’t know.”

Sampson remembers an incident after they first met that Kelly wished to kiss her. “‘Well, can I kiss you?’” she recalled the singer asking her. “And I used to be like, ‘No.’ He’s like, ‘Okay, nicely, give me a hug.’ And then, like, after I gave him a hug he simply began kissing me.”

After leaving Kelly, Sampson filed a lawsuit in opposition to the Grammy-winning artist claiming he sexually abused her. Kelly settled with Sampson with a $250,000 out-of-court settlement.

However, Kelly’s lawyer, Steve Greenberg, has advised Dateline that his consumer denies all of the allegations in opposition to him. When requested if the entire ladies who’ve come ahead are mendacity, he responded, “Yes. Everyone of them, sure.”

Since the airing of the Surviving R. Kelly docuseries, a number of artists, together with Chance The Rapper, have eliminated their collaborations with the singer from all streaming and digital platforms. Recently, Sony Music and Kelly have agreed to half methods.

This comes after protesters launched a #DropRKelly petition with 100,000 signatures in entrance of Sony's New York City headquarters.

Nevertheless, Kelly's lawyer says that Kelly is staying constructive in mild of his current turmoil.

"The file firms are abandoning him. Other artists are swiftly performing like they’re shocked by these rumors that – which can be floating round," Greenberg advised Dateline. "He’s having a really troublesome time. But he’s sturdy, he’s powerful. He desires to place out his music and proceed performing for individuals. And I count on that’s what he’ll be capable to do.”

NBC’s Dateline program Accused: The R. Kelly Story airs tonight (Jan. 18) at 10 p.m. EST.

Watch a part of NBC's Dateline report on Sampson under.