R Kelly, the R&B singer and songwriter, has been sued by his former talent manager for non-payment of dues of nearly $1 million owed to him in commissions.
The manger, Jeff Kwatinetz, of Prospect Management, filed the lawsuit in the LA County Superior Court claiming that he was responsible for resurrecting Kelly's dwindling career in 2008 due to child pornography charges and now the singer was refusing to pay him the agreed 15 per cent commission.
The manager claims that 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, reports TMZ.com.
He also claims that he became the singer's talent manager after assurances that the child pornography charges were false.
Kwatinetz's lawsuit says that Kelly's businesss manager told him that he could not spare the money, because the monies were needed for payments to avoid lawsuits and adverse publicity resulting from Kelly's alleged sexual misconduct.
A spokesperson for Kelly has refuted all charges and has called the former manager a disgruntled employee. The representative told TMZ, Jeff Kwatinetz's complaint is a collection of half-truths, distortions, and outright fabrications.
The representative added, 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.
Kelly, accused of child pornography in 2002, was acquitted of the charges in 2008 after a six-year long legal battle.