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  • R. Kelly sues Jay-Z over canceled tour

    NEW YORK (Reuters) -- R&B singer R. Kelly Monday filed a $75 million breach-of-contract suit against fellow recording star Jay-Z, accusing the rapper and his associates of threats and violence that turned their joint tour into a "nightmare."

    The "Best of Both Worlds" tour was canceled following a tumultuous performance Friday at Madison Square Garden during which Kelly abruptly left the stage after telling the audience he saw two men in the crowd brandishing guns.

    Kelly said he and three of his bodyguards were confronted backstage a short time later by a member of Jay-Z's entourage who blasted them in the face with pepper spray.

    Meanwhile, a security sweep of the concert hall failed to find any weapons, and the sold-out show resumed as Jay-Z performed with guest stars Usher and Mary J. Blige.

    Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, issued a statement through his record label Monday saying it was Kelly who had created a "dangerous situation" by claiming to have seen guns being waved in the audience. The statement said it was "the equivalent of screaming 'fire' in a crowded theater."

    "Only the professionalism of Jay-Z and other entertainers ... on Friday prevented a disaster and saved the evening," the rapper added.

    The promoter of the 40-city-plus joint tour, which began September 29, canceled the remainder of the dates Saturday after Jay-Z said he was unwilling to perform with Kelly again, according to Allan Mayer, a Kelly spokesman.

    On Saturday, Jay-Z returned to the Garden to perform without Kelly and has continued to appear on his own with other guest entertainers.

    In his lawsuit, filed state Supreme Court in Manhattan, Kelly said Friday night's incident marked the latest example of how Jay-Z and his associates had turned what had been an "historic and highly anticipated tour ... into a nightmare" that was "motivated by spite and jealousy."

    He said the rapper and his supporters "engaged in conduct intentionally designed to exclude R. Kelly from the tour, including threats and acts of violence."

    Media reports about bad blood between Kelly and Jay-Z surfaced soon after the tour was launched in Chicago, with the cancellation of several subsequent shows. Mayer said Kelly had called off a number of tour dates because of "production problems due to Jay-Z's people sabotaging the show."

    The suit seeks $15 million in compensatory damages and at least $60 million in punitive damages.




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    Like he doesn't have enough money
    ...ALLES IS KUNST...

    Today there will be no remorse at all,
    Come what may.....!

  • #2
    Jay Z keep doin your thing

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    • #3
      Good i hope he wins

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