JOLIET, IL — A civil lawsuit was filed last week by a Joliet woman against one of the alleged victims of R. Kelly. The lawsuit was brought forward by Darlene April, who is affiliated with the R. Kelly Fan Club in Illinois. A Rowell Avenue resident, the plaintiff filed her lawsuit pro-se, which means she does not have a lawyer.
The entire lawsuit is barely two pages in length. The defendant in the lawsuit is Jerhonda Pace who published a 96-page book in 2018 called A Life Beyond Abuse.
In court documents, April is identified as the general manager of the R. Kelly Fan Club in Illinois and her lawsuit is against a woman who Kelly allegedly sexually abused. The plaintiff claims her fan club has lost more than $1 million as a result of the “alleged defamation” that has been done to R. Kelly.
“Plaintiff Darlene April alleges that as a result of alleged defamation of character of R. Kelly the fan club did suffer subsequent losses from cancelled concert dates, loss of revenue from ticket sales, etc., of over 1 million dollars U.S.,” the pro-se lawsuit claims.
This latest development marks the second Joliet-area connection to the ongoing criminal case involving R. Kelly.
In February, the Romeoville Patch published an article about a 47-year-old Romeoville woman who stepped forward to post the $100,000 bail for the world-famous R&B star who is awaiting trial on criminal charges that he sexually abused four people dating back to 1998, including three underage girls. In late July, Patch reported that singer R. Kelly is facing more legal woes after being arrested in Chicago on federal sex crime charges.