Rodney King’s girlfriend: Cynthia Kelley

September 8, 2010

Rodney King’s girlfriend Cynthia Kelley has found love with the man who endured a hardcore beating by Los Angeles police back in 1991. It was a case that left many people up in arms, provoking racial riots. But Kelley, one of the jurors in that case, is getting set to wed Rodney. Read more about the King-Kelley wedding here and see photos!

Meet Cynthia Kelley, Rodney King’s girlfriend and soon-to-be wife. It was back in 1991 that Kelley became aware of King in a trial that will be remembered as one that influenced many and changed the way that people police officers handled their so-called criminals. Kelley was there for the entire trial as juror number five. She was one of the jurors who helped award King a civil case win against the city of Los Angeles and a $3.8 million settlement. is reporting that Mr. King just recently asked Kelley to be his bride.

About his soon-to-be bride, King said, “She is a godsend, a blessing in my life. I don’t know what I would have done without her in my life… I can’t wait to make her my wife!”

So how exactly did their union come to be? Even though the couple was both married to different people at the time of the case, they later divorced and secretly started dating, with their first date being just a day after the trial.

Kelley shared, “Our first date was the next day after the trial when Rodney’s lawyer and Rodney met me in a local pizzeria in Newport Beach. During deliberations, the other jurors said, ‘Let’s just award him $100,000, you know he’s just gonna blow it anyway’. It was a blessing that I was even there, the other jurors didn’t want to give him anything.”

After a limited time dating, King ended up taking on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew and soon after reconnected with Cynthia. Kelley explained, “We hadn’t spoken to each other for many years, and it just so happened that we reconnected. It was like we were never apart from one another.”

And the rest is history. The couple plan on marrying soon. A exact date has not yet been revealed.

Congratulations to Rodney and Cynthia Kelley! We can’t wait to see wedding photos!

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5 Responses to “Rodney King’s girlfriend: Cynthia Kelley”

  1. 1
    Stacy Says:

    Wow what a coincidence! Glad something good came out of that horrible situation. Congrats to them!

  2. 2
    Miriam Says:

    Congratulations to both of them

  3. 3
    Jeanette Says:

    Okay, wow! Congrats….it’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 20 years since that incident.

  4. 4
    MNW Says:

    I watched him on Celebrity Rehab. He seems like a really awesome guy! Congrats

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    Jen Says:

    wow, that is crazy!!! congrats!