On the heels of TV network Lifetime's Surviving R. Kelly docuseries and news that the artist and his label, Sony Music Entertainment, have cut ties, a former intern is accusing the embattled R&B star of sexually abusing her as a teenager.
The new claim comes from Tracy Sampson, who interned at Epic Records in summer 1999 and gave an on-camera interview to Dateline NBC that aired on Friday night.
Sampson said that she had a relationship with Kelly that allegedly started when she was 16 and lasted until she was 18. She broke it off and later filed a lawsuit accusing him of sexual abuse.
"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. Like, I - I just didn't know. I didn't know," a tearful Sampson said in the interview.
Sampson recalled an alleged incident during which Kelly asked if he could kiss her and she told him no. When she agreed to a hug instead, he started kissing her anyway, she said.
Kelly has repeatedly denied all allegations against him and, according to Dateline, denied having sex with Sampson. However, the two reportedly reached a $US250,000 ($A348,000) out-of-court settlement.
The singer has come under fire personally and professionally as an onslaught of sexual-misconduct allegations bubbled up in the wake of the #MeToo movement and as the #MuteRKelly campaign boycotting his music has gained traction.
The artist and Sony have parted ways as well, the Los Angeles Times confirmed on Friday.
Other entertainers, including Lady Gaga, Celine Dion and Chance the Rapper, have pulled their collaborations with Kelly from streaming services and made public apologies about working with him.
Speaking to Dateline, Kelly's attorney, Steve Greenberg, said Kelly believes that "every one" of his accusers is lying.
"The record companies are abandoning him. Other artists are all of a sudden acting like they're shocked by these rumours that _ that are floating around," Greenberg added.
"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."
Australian Associated Press