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R. Kelly Stiffed Rep to

Pay Off Sex Accusers

6/20/2011 4:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

R. Kelly's ex-manager claims the singer refused to pay him more than $1 million in hard-earned commissions ... insisting Kelly instead used the money to pay off people who accused him of sexual misconduct. 

Stiffed
The manager -- Jeff Kwatinetz -- filed a lawsuit against Kelly today in L.A. County Superior Court ... claiming he single-handedly resurrected R. Kelly's career back in 2008 ... when the singer was drowning in child pornography charges.

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."

The rep adds, "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."

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

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16.

Just sayin    

Sounds like a bitter ex-manager to me.

1131 days ago
17.

Ana    

"He single-handedly resurrected R. Kelly's career back in 2008 ... when the singer was drowning in child pornography charges."

Mellow dramatic much?

R. Kelly's career was in the gutter in 2008. He's just now redeeming himself with his Love Letter album. This manager seems to be desperate for some money so why not sue an easy target like R. Kelly, eh?

1131 days ago
18.

Wishes    

Ana 23 minutes ago

"He single-handedly resurrected R. Kelly's career back in 2008 ... when the singer was drowning in child pornography charges."

Mellow dramatic much?
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The stupidity of TMZ posters amazes me. Has anyone ever heard of "Mellow Dramatic?" OMG!! Get an education, Ana!! It figures that you are a groupie/fan of this pervert.

1131 days ago
19.

Truth    

HA, I WONDER WHY BOTH CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWSUIT DISAPPEARED SO FAST OVER HIS SEXUAL MISCONDUCT WITH UNDER AGED MINORS. R KELLY IS A TOTAL LAME JERKOFF... SEE HIS CANDID VIDS ON HIS YOUTUBE ACCOUNT ET AL. THIS DUDE IS A TOTAL SELF-DESTRUCTIVE WEASEL AND ACTS COMPLETELY HIGH MOST OF THE TIME. OH AND HE'S AN ILLITERATE MORON TOO. DUDE CANT READ OR WRITE.

1131 days ago
20.

John    

From the picture, it looks like he had to pay a lot for that dental work too.

1131 days ago
21.

dd    

Can't stand R

1131 days ago
22.

factfinder    

Kwantinetz is a great manager that was the major building block of powerhouse talent management company The Firm and helped blow up bands like Korn. If he's owed his commissions pay the guy or he'll have his day in court and get paid plus legal expenses owing. You gotta love how Kelly's acting like a absent non child support paying father that won't take responsibility for his bills. Sounds pretty typical o*****uy that has seen his best days long behind him. Lack of gratitude will get you no where.

1131 days ago
23.

Sincerity    

R. Kelly, R. Kelly, R. Kelly!!!

Talent wise, his chops are "ROCK SOLID" and I absolutely adore his grooves but it doesn't seem as though he can get along with ANYBODY!!! He's given too many people the absolute "BLUES" and his "FLAKINESS" proceeds him. I went to his performance in New Orleans at the Essence Music Festival and the promoters warned him about being excessively "lewd". Of course, being R. Kelly, he went there during the first 15 to 20 minutes and they "pulled the plug" on his show. In spite of his track record, R. Kelly deserves to be given the "benefit of doubt" and if his former manager has a "ROCK SOLID" case, he DESERVES TO BE PAID!!!

1131 days ago
24.

ohslimgoody    

Why do people even still buy his music they know he's a child molester. wonder how many little girls he has molested, because the parents want the money so he got away scott free.

1131 days ago
25.

Belizeanborn    

Don't feel sorry for this person. He kept kelly's secret of sleeping with minors because he thought he was getting paid. When you lay down with dogs, you wake up with fleas.

1131 days ago
26.

Warren    

What year was he on trail for having sex with a minor. I recall it was around the time MJ was in trail. That was 2005/2006? What was going on with R. Kelly in 2008? Another young girl?

1131 days ago
27.

kitnplayn    

Be better role models for the youth culture. It's your obligation as an adult.

1131 days ago
28.

kitnplayn    

Hey kids.....the boogeyman is a rap singer.

1131 days ago
29.

Regulator    

Who doesn't R. Kelley piss all over? I would be pissed too. Urine.

1131 days ago
30.

Bump    

Kwantinetz is a great manager that was the major building block of powerhouse talent management company The Firm and helped blow up bands like Korn. If he's owed his commissions pay the guy or he'll have his day in court and get paid plus legal expenses owing. You gotta love how Kelly's acting like a absent non child support paying father that won't take responsibility for his bills. Sounds pretty typical o*****uy that has seen his best days long behind him. Lack of gratitude will get you no where.

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Is this Jeff Kwatinetz PR team?

and how is R. Kelly acting like a "absent non child support paying father"? Are you basing a lawsuit from a former manager on how he is as a father? I swear, people are so mindless these days.

1131 days ago
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