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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."

43 COMMENTS

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31.

Observer    

F this punk azz child molester.

1036 days ago
32.

Notillegaltobestupid    

Worked hard to help a child molester fool people into believing he was worth supporting.. He is just as disgusting as R Kelly and I could careless if he gets anything, as they say karma can be a beach..

1035 days ago
33.

Anonymous    

Rkelly is cool..... But his obsession with underage girls is just wrong R.I.P. Aaliyah

1035 days ago
34.

Truth    

R. Kelly is on tape pissing on a 14 year old girl who ultimately refused to testify. She was not the first to change minds about taking the stand. Money bought his way out and that is BS. All the people on here who says he gets a pass because he's talented let him babysit your daughter.

1035 days ago
35.

Isaiah    

OMFG, ALL U HATERS STFU, IF U HATE RYAN DONT COME HERE, YOU ******* TRY LOSING A GOOD FRIEND THEN BITCH HOW HORRIBLE HE WAS.

1035 days ago
36.

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1035 days ago
37.

Just sayin    

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.

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WTF are you talking about, you idiot?! I'm no groupie, dumbass! I'm just stating that a particular quote is mellow dramatic.

and it's easy to poke fun and attempt to tease people behind a computer, huh? I bet you're a lonely person. FYI, I'm an educated person. You? not so much.

1035 days ago
38.

dd    

it amazing how people do not see how this sleazy manager knew what he knew but as long as he is paid he would help hide it. So what is worse the low life that is commiting the act or the one that is paid off on the urge just shows you how filth is now so acceptable.

1035 days ago
39.

Sarah    

Geez, how many people have fired this Kwatinetz guy? Britney, Kelly Clarkson...now problems with R Kelly? Seems to me that this guy has some issues as well, not just R Kelly.

1035 days ago
40.

Kelleigh    

I like R. Kelly's music, and I don't care about his lawsuits and sex life. Until his Phantom is repossessed, I will assume he can afford, but has no interest in paying the ex-manager.

1035 days ago
41.

R KELLY KC #1 FAN    

Most of you all sound like some dumb *****! R Kelly don't need nobody to get or needed help to get his career on track. He has and is consistently selling out shows, as of now the Love Letter Tour. Sound like someone is bitter because maybe their services were no longer needed. Yeah! if you were so good at your job, go help someone who need your services *******.

1032 days ago
42.

lilbit    

To all the haters. R. Kelly was not guilty and he is a creative man that makes good music. Haters, stop trying to judge and mind your own business and get out of his. Kelly just keep doing what you doing (making that good music) for the one who do have your back. Only one man going to judge not you (The good Lord).

1019 days ago
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