Jerhonda Pace has had enough of going ignored, as the woman who claims to be one of R. Kelly’s sexual assault victims feels his alleged “sex cults” have been dismissed even by those claiming to support the #MeToo movement.
“I was livid, because when their stories came out, they received so much attention. It was just crazy, and I was like, ‘What about R. Kelly’s victims? What about us?’ Nothing happened for us,” Pace recently expressed to Buzzfeed. “[…] I didn’t feel that [any of the investigators] were passionate about it and that they were going to pursue it the way that it needed to be pursued. I was told that they want more witnesses to corroborate my story, which makes no sense: I’m the victim; I have the proof: He was paying me, I have the contract he signed, I gave them the DNA T-shirt, I gave them everything proving I was there, and they were like, ‘We need more people to say that they saw you [with Kelly].’”
Pace shared her story on several media outlets, including daytime talk show, The Real.
“It angers me,” she continued. “It pisses me off to know that he’s still progressing; he’s still out there making moves and doing everything that he wants to do. He’s still a free man, yet he has abused so many black women, and they are being ignored.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.