According to the celebrity blog TMZ, R. Kelly’s ex-manager Jeff Kwatinetz has filled a lawsuit against the RnB singer for non-payment of earned commission for work done.
The ex-manager claims that, instead of R. Kelly paying him more than $1 million earned commission, the singer refused to pay this and rather used the money to pay off people who accused him of sexual misconduct.
TMZ wrote that…
Jeff claims he “guided Kelly through the recording of two new albums, substantial multi-million dollar tours … a book deal, and a myriad of other appearances and events” — and “Kelly reaped millions of dollars” while under his management.
But according to Jeff, Kelly left him in the lurch — and “has failed and refused to pay” the 15% commission rate they allegedly agreed on.
According to the lawsuit, Kelly’s business manager regularly told Jeff he couldn’t be paid “because the monies were needed for payments to avoid lawsuits and adverse publicity resulting from Kelly’s alleged [sexual misconduct].”
Now, Jeff wants Kelly to pony up at least $1 million in unpaid commissions and punitive damages.
A spokesperson for Kelly is calling B.S. on the lawsuit — telling TMZ, “Jeff Kwatinetz’s complaint is a collection of half-truths, distortions, and outright fabrications.”