However, Kelly is now back in the headlines for all the wrong reasons after women's rights attorney Gloria Allred held a press conference in NY on Thursday (21Feb19) and introduced her two new clients, Latresa Scaff and Rochelle Washington, who accused the star of sexually harassing and assaulting them when they were underage teenagers.
A representative for the women, Gloria Allred, spoke at a press conference in NY and accused Kelly of using his fame to "manipulate" the teenagers in 1995.
Washington and Scaff, now 39 and 40, respectively, claim that when they were 15 and 16 years old when they attended an after-party together in Baltimore in either 1995 or '96 - they could not recall which.
They were allegedly given cocaine, marijuana and alcohol at the party, before they were invited to Kelly's hotel room.
Despite the huge range of allegations against the singer, his lawyer Steve Greenberg denied all accusations against Kelly, saying he has never knowingly had sexual relations with underage women.
This article will be updated.
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During the conference Allred said, "To R. Kelly, I am sending this message: You have nowhere to run and nowhere to hide".
"For years they were embarrassed about what happened that night and they were not sure if they should blame themselves for what happened when they were teenagers", she said. "You have been able to get away with your predatory misconduct for far too long". Scaff said that she had sex with Kelly, who left the room shortly afterward.
The latest allegations are the newest in a string of claims against the singer going back three decades, spanning child pornography to sexual, emotional and physical abuse and holding women captive in a sex cult.
R. Kelly's legal team did not immediately respond to NPR's request for comment.
R. Kelly recently has given up his studio in Chicago but also is under fire for what is stated to be another sex tape, which shows him engaging with another underage girl. Earlier on Thursday, Avenatti tweeted a statement noting that he was retained by "multiple clients in connection with allegations of sexual assault of minors" by Kelly. "They rigged the trial".