Though he was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008, Kelly's behavior and relationship with young women-he married the late singer Aaliyah when she was 15-was not unknown; but now, some say with hindsight, it had mostly been ignored for years thanks to his network of protecters.
He also calls her "baby" a number of times while offering her advice in the studio. Rodgers was one of several women who appeared in the Surviving R. Kelly docuseries accusing the singer of sexual abuse.
A lawyer for Kelly, who has denied all of the abuse allegations, told CBS that the letter to Rodgers was "a fake".
The 52-year-old singer is apparently more concerned with rectifying the so-called "lies" that have been said about him in the docuseries.
During Monday's presser, Rodgers and Allred accused Kelly of sending Rodgers a letter threatening to make details of their sex life public and to release private photos and text messages after she filed her lawsuit last spring.More news: Back-to-Back MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE Films Coming in 2021 and 2022
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"No woman should be criticized, shamed or retaliated against for speaking the truth", Rodgers said at the news conference. "I apologise to all of his survivors for working with him and for taking this long to speak out".
The Lawsuit against Kelly states he met Rodgers at a 2017 concert in San Antonio, Texas.
"We have an appointment today with the New York City Police Department who has asked to meet with Faith in furtherance of their investigation into potential victims of R. Kelly", said Allred.
Still, Allred said she would continue to "do everything in [her] power to support those who claim they are victims" moving forward.
Faith Rodgers, one of R. Kelly's alleged victims, claims that Kelly threatened her with retaliation for filing a lawsuit past year against him alleging that he abused her and knowingly infected her with a sexually transmitted disease.