Regardless of this case, Kelly faces federal child pornography and obstruction charges in the Northern District of Illinois, as well as state charges on several counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He firmly denied the accusations.
One of the underlying acts with which he is accused is that he knowingly infected women with herpes, in violation of public health laws that require people with infectious venereal disease to notify their partners of their diagnostic.
Kris McGrath, a Chicago-based doctor who specializes in internal medicine, appeared in Brooklyn federal court on a subpoena on Thursday and said he has been treating the singer since 1994.
McGrath said he suspected Kelly had genital herpes as early as June 2000 due to the singer’s symptoms, but a lab test for the virus at the time came back negative. McGrath said the timing of the test is important and the test itself can sometimes give false negative results.
“I didn’t find he didn’t have herpes,” McGrath said, sometimes referring to Kelly’s medical records, which prosecutors obtained through a subpoena.
McGrath said that after examining and testing Kelly in June 2000, he told the singer to “inform your sex partners so they can decide whether or not to have sex with you.”
McGrath said it’s recommended that genital herpes be treated with a drug known as Valtrex, which can be prescribed for short-term treatments. But if a patient has outbreaks of the disease more than three times a year, McGrath said, it is recommended that the patient take the drug every day.
McGrath said Kelly or his associates frequently called him for more Valtrex refills at a Walgreens pharmacy. “It was so often that I had memorized the number for this Walgreens,” he said, and recited the phone number in court.
Defense lawyer Nicole Blank Becker insisted the doctor had not documented an official diagnosis of genital herpes for the singer.
McGrath’s first documentation of prescribing the herpes treatment drug, Valtrex, dates back to March 2007, according to a medical record that prosecutors presented in court. And the first documentation showing Kelly had a history of genital herpes was in a 2011 medical record, when McGrath testified that his office switched from paper medical records to electronic records.
Singer never paid for medical services, doctor testifies
On Wednesday, a woman named Jerhonda Pace testified that Kelly sexually assaulted her in 2009 when she was 16, and after a few months of unprotected sex with him, she developed genital herpes. She testified that Kelly did not tell her he had herpes. She said Kelly had her checked out by a doctor at her home, who told her to take medication.
The public health law that requires a person with a communicable venereal disease to notify their sexual partners of their diagnosis is generally not prosecuted, said Roger Canaff, former New York deputy prosecutor.
“It’s difficult to prove because it’s not easy to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused knew he was infected when the intercourse took place,” Canaff told CNN. “However, the testimony of a doctor who treated Kelly is overwhelming evidence. It shows that, as early as 2007, Kelly knew he had venereal disease. If it can be proven that he knew this and continued to have sex, then the offense can be proven against him. “
McGrath said Kelly did not pay for her medical services at all and that Kelly often gave the doctor and his wife free tickets to concerts and, at times, paid for the couple to go to concerts across the country. country.
Prosecutors showed a photo of McGrath and Kelly together at a cigar bar in Chicago in early 2019, which McGrath said was the last time he spoke with Kelly and was taken shortly before the arrest of the singer.