Kelly “superfan” when she heard his album Chocolate Factory at age 11.
“My family listened to his music, my friends listened to his music, everybody was just in love with the music.
“He didn’t have anything to sign, and neither did I, but my friend reached into her pocket and found an old bank slip, so I got his autograph on her bank slip.
If she would have come forward, I think it would have made a huge difference. He's free." The MTV article reported that Pace was 18, but public records, as well as Pace’s birth certificate and driver’s license, show she was actually 15 at the time; she admits she lied to the reporter because Cook County sheriff’s officers were not admitting anyone under 18 into the trial.Outside of court at the time, she defended Kelly to multiple news outlets. Pace says she met Kelly when he was walking into the court building.Her parents, and the parents of an 18-year-old aspiring singer from Florida, have all said they have been told there is an ongoing federal investigation into Kelly, but an FBI spokesman declined requests for comment from Buzz Feed News.“If I can speak out and I can help them get out of that situation, that’s what I will do,” Pace says.“I didn’t have anybody to speak up on my behalf when I was going through what I was going through with him.It is clear these continuing stories are the result of the effort of those with personal agendas who are working in concert to interfere with and damage his career. Kelly again denies any and all wrong doing and is taking appropriate legal action to protect himself from ongoing defamation.”Pace is the fourth former member of Kelly’s circle to tell Buzz Feed News that the star mentally and physically abuses the women closest to him.
Kelly has faced similar allegations for years: In 2005, for example, his then-wife, Andrea Lee, filed for an order of protection in Cook County Circuit Court, alleging that her husband had slapped and hit her, and demanding “no contact at all by any means.” She later dropped that order.In May 2009, a friend and employee of Kelly's friended Pace on Myspace, Pace tells Buzz Feed News, and invited her to a party Kelly was throwing at his mansion in suburban Olympia Fields, Illinois.Pace, who had just turned 16, says she lied to her parents, telling them she was going to a friend’s house.“I was a bit nervous,” she says.The R&B superstar had no bigger fan, and Johnson was quoted in national media stories defending her musical idol.Now a 24-year-old mother of three with the married name Jerhonda Pace, she tells Buzz Feed News that after the trial, when she was 16, she became one of many women traumatized by a sexual relationship with Kelly.[Chicago radio station] WGCI was the biggest supporter — they played him all the time — and it was my favorite radio station.”Her fandom didn’t fade when Kelly was indicted for making child pornography, Pace says.