Singer, songwriter, and record producer Robert Sylvester Kelly known as R. Kelly, currently stands trial for sexual assault at 54-years-old. As a result of his influential role in the development of R&B and hip hop, he has earned titles like the “King of R&B”, and the “Pied Piper of R&B”. The Chicago, Illinois native has reportedly had genital herpes since 2007.
R. Kelly Accused of Knowingly Infecting Others
He is now being accused of knowingly infecting others with the incurable condition according to western medical professionals. This is a felony. R. Kelly’s physician of 25 years Chris McGrath, took the stand during the trial testifying that Kelly may have been positive for genital herpes since the year 2000 although there is no corroborating evidence.
R. Kelly’s Doctor Takes the Stand
McGrath explained that while Kelly had symptoms of genital herpes, he took a test that came back negative for the condition. McGrath believed it was a false negative at the time. McGrath did not conclude that Kelly was free of the condition so he advised him to warn his sexual partners so they could make an informed decision on whether or not to risk contracting the disease through sexual contact.
R. Kelly: The Possibility of a Conviction
The hard evidence is this: McGrath prescribed Kelly Valtrex, a medicine known for treating genital herpes in March of 2007. Prosecutors showed medical records proving that this was indeed the case. If the prosecution can prove that Kelly infected victims with genital herpes, they have a conviction.
Aaliyah: Genital Herpes free
The case began with in-depth exposure of his relationship with the late singer Aaliyah. Kelly married Aaliyah in 1994. The marriage was dissolved in 1995. Although the minor was allegedly impregnated by Kelly, she was intimate with him prior to his genital herpes infection.