The woman, who is testifying using only her first name, Faith, has accused Mr. Kelly of exposing her to herpes. Faith, whose testimony began on Tuesday, said the singer did not inform her that he had the incurable disease before they began to have sex, and declined to use a condom.
“I said, ‘Are you going to use a condom?,’” she recalled telling Mr. Kelly, during their first sexual encounter. “He said, ‘We don’t need a condom.’”
Five of the accusers who have testified so far said that they were underage when their sexual encounters with Mr. Kelly began.
But Faith told jurors that she was 19 when she first met the entertainer at a concert in Texas in 2017, and they began a sexual relationship shortly after. One of Mr. Kelly’s longtime doctors testified earlier in the trial that the singer was being treated for herpes by 2007 — and Faith’s involvement in the case against him centers on the disease.
The singer, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, has denied the accusations and pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, which include a single count of racketeering and eight counts of violating an interstate anti-sex trafficking law known as the Mann Act.
Federal prosecutors have accused Mr. Kelly, 54, of running a decades-long criminal plot that used his fame — and a network of associates and employees — to prey on women and girls for sex.
Check back for updates as Faith’s testimony unfolds.
Emily Palmer contributed reporting.