The downfall of anyone accused of a sexual crime and brought to justice is they are exposed to the humiliation of their medical records being subpoenaed; and depending on the prescribing doctor, their code of ethics is at risk of being exposed. In day two of R. Kelly’s trial, both Kelly and his former personal physician of 25 years, Dr. Kris McGrath discovered this truth.
The singer faces charges of racketeering and violating the Mann Act, an anti-sexual trafficking law. In separate cases, Kelly faces federal child pornography and obstruction charges in the Northern District of Illinois and faces state charges for multiple counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
McGrath told jurors that in June of 2000, he believed the singer had the sexually transmitted disease after he conducted an examination on Kelly.
The Dr. claimed that he gave Kelly strict medical advice, “inform your sexual partners so they can make a decision whether or not to have sex with you.”
According to McGrath’s testimony, Kelly complained of bumps on his penis. At first, Kelly thought the blisters were due to leather pants he once wore for a photo shoot in which he had no underwear on.
But McGrath told prosecutors that Kelly had ongoing outbreaks so much so that he prescribed Kelly the drug known as Valtrex, which treats the symptoms of herpes.
McGrath’s testimony was vital for the prosecution’s case namely because they claim Kelly was fully aware of his sexual condition yet he failed to inform his partners.
According to McGrath, friends of Kelly or the singer himself telephoned him with frequent requests for the medication. “It was so often that I had memorized the number to that Walgreens [ in Chicago],” he said and recited the phone number in court.
However, Kelly’s attorney Nicole Blank Becker attempted to catch McGrath with inconsistencies; she pointed out that what McGrath was saying on the stand didn’t match with what he wrote in Kelly’s medical chart.
According to news reports, McGrath’s medical records showed that he hadn’t documented Kelly as having official genital herpes until 2011.
The jury listened as McGrath told them that Kelly didn’t pay for the medical services, but rather that the doctor and his wife were given the luxury of free tickets to Kelly’s concerts, with the added benefit, at times, of all paid expenses around the country to see Kelly in concert.
Prosecutors showed a photo of McGrath and Kelly together at a cigar bar in Chicago in early 2019; McGrath said the last time he spoke with Kelly was shortly before the singer’s arrest.