R Kelly sued for over $1 million by ex-manager

Jeff Kwatinetz says singer used money to pay off people who'd accused him of sexual misconduct

R Kelly is being sued by his former manager Jeff Kwatinetz for over $1 million (£618,000).

Kwatinetz, who says he played a major part in resurrecting the singer’s career, filed the suit in Los Angeles Superior Court yesterday afternoon (June 20), claiming that the ‘Chocolate Factory’ singer agreed to pay 15% him commission and failed to do so.

According to TMZ, Kwatinez alleges that Kelly‘s business manager told him he would not be paid as “because the monies were needed for payments to avoid lawsuits and adverse publicity resulting from Kelly‘s alleged [sexual misconduct].”

A spokesman for R Kelly said of the lawsuit: “Jeff Kwatinetz‘s complaint is a collection of half-truths, distortions, and outright fabrications. Mr. Kwatinetz is a disgruntled former manager who apparently feels the need to try to seek retribution for his discharge.”

The spokesman continued: “It is particularly disturbing, given his job as a professional talent manager and trusted adviser, that he would feel the need to lash out and dish what he thinks is dirt against a former client.”

“When the actual facts are presented, however, we are confident that his allegations will be found to be completely without merit.”

No date has been set for the trial as yet.