Lizzette Martinez told BuzzFeed she met Kelly in 1995, when she was 17 years old, at a shopping mall in Miami. She said the crooner’s bodyguard gave her his number and the two got together and formed a relationship. Martinez, now 42, said she lost her virginity to Kelly, who knew she was underage at the time. Kelly was 28 years old at the time of the alleged sexual relationship.
“The first time I had sex with him there was a party going,” she said. “Some of his crew gave me alcohol and I was drunk basically when we had sex.”
Martinez’s mother and friend confirmed her account.
Martinez said the R&B star was controlling and told her what to wear and whom to speak to. She alleged Kelly hit her a few times during their relationship and that she was pressured to perform sexual acts on Kelly “against her will.”
“I did these things, and I felt like it was always — he was directing stuff. You know, it felt really weird. He was really overbearing … I’m like, ‘I don’t want to do that.’ But he has a way with people, with women. He’s just so controlling, so abusive,” she said.
Martinez said she would travel with the singer and stay in hotels waiting for him but grew tired of it after a while. She said she became pregnant with his child and Kelly wanted her to get an abortion, but she didn’t due to her religious beliefs.
Martinez said she miscarried the baby in a hotel in Chicago.
“I guess it was for the best. I didn’t want to go through that abortion,” she said.
The relationship ended in 1999, after Martinez became ill with mononucleosis and was hospitalized due to complications. She said she contacted a lawyer who represented underage girls but ultimately decided not to pursue legal action against Kelly.
“I wasn’t in it ever for money, and I didn’t want to go through that. I mean, I knew he was wrong. I was hurt by him. But I couldn’t rehash it again. It was just too new. It was just too much pain. I had a new life.