R. Kelly’s original alleged underage sex tape victim filed for bankruptcy months after the singer was locked up on new charges.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Kelly’s victim, who we will not be identifying by name, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy after experiencing recent financial problems.
The victim who was at the center of Kelly’s 2002 criminal investigation was the underage girl featured on the infamous sex tape. A couple of years after the tape was allegedly filmed, police started investigating the singer after being sent a copy of the tape. He would be indicted on 21 counts of child pornography, but the alleged victim refused to talk to law enforcement and went silent.
Kelly denied all allegations of wrongdoing with a minor. The trial began in 2008, after years of delays, and only took the jury one day to find him not guilty on all charges.
Neither Kelly or the victim have spoken about the situation publicly. Many believe the singer paid off the then underage girl and her family. People have speculated he was paying her off for years. Kelly has adamantly denied being in the video or paying off a victim.
Flash forward July 12, 2019, Kelly was arrested on federal charges relating to child pornography and kidnapping. The victim’s bankruptcy was filed on October 22, 2019 in Illinois federal court.
Based on the timeline; the now 35-year-old victim started having financial issues immediately after Kelly got locked up.
In the bankruptcy docs, the victim listed $12,425 in assets but $37,033 in liabilities (debt). Her average monthly income was listed as zero.
Her assets included a 2016 Jeep Patriot worth $11,600 (which her father co-signed on), $1,000 in household goods, $350 worth of clothing, $125 in costume jewelry and $100 worth of personal items. She had $300 in her bank account and $3,800 in a 401k retirement plan.
The victim’s debt included $6k owed on the car, $2k owed to American express, $1,500 to Best Buy, $657 for a car rental debt, $2,500 to Capital One, $1,500 to Chase Bank plus $900 in parking tickets.
She owed hundreds to Forever 21, $2,000 to Neiman Marcus, thousands in medical bills and $2,000 to Saks Fifth Avenue.
The victim listed her current job as a Pre-School Teacher at a Chicago childcare center. At the time of her filing, she had only been working there for a week. Her monthly income was listed as $1,920 and after expenses, she was left with $80.
The documents reveal the victim pulled in $35,767 (2017) and $36,084 (2018). The court discharged the victim’s debt and officially closed the case in February 2020.
Following Kelly’s arrest, the victim hired the powerhouse attorney, Christopher Brown, to assist in cooperating with prosecutors.
At the time, Brown told The Blast, “This office is counsel to the child victim and her family that were the subject of the 2008 Robert Kelly (“R. Kelly”) trial. Recent public remarks have been made suggesting that the victim and her family did not testify at the 2008 trial because they received in excess of Two Million Dollars ($2,000,000.00) from R. Kelly for their silence. Such public remarks are false and have no basis in reality.”
As The Blast first reported, the victim’s parents have had years of financial turmoil despite continuing to work for Kelly after the tape was released.
Kelly has suffered numerous setbacks in his two pending criminal cases. He recently pleaded to be released from prison citing alleged dangerous conditions inside MCC Chicago. The singer promised not to flee the county or try to intimidate any witness. His proposed plan included being placed under house arrest in an apartment with his girlfriend, Joycelyn Savage.
He failed to mention the apartment is in the middle of an outdoor mall, which might be a problem given the charges he is facing.
Prosecutors demanded the court shut down his request arguing he is a major flight risk given his financial resources. They accuse him of diverting his royalties into a childhood friend’s bank account.