R Kelly is facing fresh allegations of physical abuse and underage sex.

Following a recent spate of claims that Kelly runs an "abusive and controllng cult" of yong women and aspiring female musicians, another woman – Jerhonda Pace – has come forward and said that she lost her virginity to the R&B singer at the age of 16, one year below the age of consent in the US state of Illinois where the incident took place. She broke off contact with Kelly after claiming: “I was slapped and I was choked and I was spit on” by him.

Pace, who is now 24, alleges that she chose not to press criminal charges at the time, adding “it would probably be like it was last time, where he wouldn’t get convicted”, referring to Kelly being cleared of making child pornography in 2008.

She instead sayd she negotiated a settlement payment, and signed a non-disclosure agreement, which she is now breaking with the new revelations.

Pace said she attended the 2008 court hearings to support Kelly, and that a member of his team contacted her on MySpace afterwards.