R. Kelly sued by former manager | News

R Kelly has been sued by his former manager for $1m for allegedly failing to pay him commission owed, claiming Kelly used the money to settle accusations of sexual impropriety. Jeff Kwatinetz, who has previously represented artists including Jennifer Lopez and briefly, Britney Spears is suing for breach of oral contract and fraud,  from events in 2008 where Kelly was acquitted on all 14 charges of child pornography.

According to court documents, obtained by TMZ, Kwatinetz claimed 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 claims Kelly “failed and refused to pay” his agreed 15% rate of commission.

Kwatinetz said he never received his full payment and Kelly’s business manager stated these monies “were needed for payments to avoid lawsuits and adverse publicity resulting from Kelly’s [child pornography suit]”.

A spokesperson for R Kelly is denying these claims, telling TMZ, “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. 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.”

No trial date has been set yet, but we’ll keep you posted with updates on this case.

[Source: Guardian/TMZ]