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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. 

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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I genuinely dislike R. Kelly.

1188 days ago


"half truths" means this suit has merit. PAY UP!

1188 days ago


This wouldn't surprise me in the least to find out its true. This guy is as skanky as they come and I for one was shocked he got off at all. And that people still buy his music!!! SMH at the ignorance of some and the audacity of others. R Kelly should be in prison covering his a44!!

1188 days ago


Can't this guy buy a porsche, get drunk, and drive around Pennsylvania for awhile? Please?

1188 days ago

Mel Zipskin    

Can't stand the punk he's a squinty eyed pervert

1188 days ago


R Kelly seems like a total creep and the only press he gets nowadays are about his new disgusting lawsuit..

1188 days ago

Dino the Dinosaur    

I'm on the managers side. It's amazing that R got that career and hit back for a sec. Time to pay up.

1188 days ago


does it ever occur to you guys to think that maybe sometimes the accuser are actually making the whole thing up? i'm not saying that this is the case here but you guys seem to be very quick to judge.

1188 days ago


Pissing his money away!!!!!LOL

1188 days ago


R Kelly got his career back on track because unlike many people out there...he has real talent. But sometimes when old manangers, producers, drivers, housekeepers, shoe shiners get fired...they want to sue as if they didn't get paid well (enough) while they were employed. This guy needs to move on. Just like he claimed to have done all this for R it for someone else if he's such a great manager. Make a star out of the next guy.

1188 days ago


Another day, Another R. Kelly lawsuit............

1188 days ago

john wayne gacy    

must now be the standard secretion
for him to piss away his money ........

1188 days ago


He should be in prison getting his butt waxed. I do not like him.

1188 days ago


@LR... LOL You nailed it.

1188 days ago


The job position of "Stupid Celebrity Losing Everything" is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

1188 days ago
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