*R. Kelly is being accused of playing a concert promoter shady by refusing to payback a $500k advance for a failed concert tour, theJasmineBRAND.com exclusively reports. Now the company has headed to federal court demanding the judge order the controversial singer pay up.
Swervo Entertainment Group filed a federal lawsuit against Kelly, his company RSK Enterprises and Kelly’s lawyer, Linda Mensch, in Illinois court. The lawsuit explains how earlier this year, Swervo entered into negotiations with R. Kelly in which they would be granted the exclusive rights to promote and produce a series of concerts featuring the singer. In exchange he would be paid per concert.
The company paid the singer an advance in the amount of $500,000 for the concerts. The wire was sent to a trust account per Mensch’s instructions. They believe Mensch transferred the funds to the singer, and when talks fell through and no agreement was reached, the company demanded the return of the $500k from R. Kelly, but he refused to pay it back.
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Swervo Entertainment Group is suing R. Kelly, his lawyer and RSK Enterprises for conversion, fraud, breach of contract and are demanding the return of their $500k advance plus punitive damages.
In related news, the May 8 R. Kelly concert at Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center has been postponed, according to a news release from the venue. The date has been moved to Saturday, Sept. 10.
“The original date of May 8 is being moved due to production issues and the new date will ensure that fans of R. Kelly will have every opportunity to see this new spectacular show as envisioned with the complete production and staging,” the news release states. “The tour is set to be one of R. Kelly’s most entertaining of all time, incorporating elements his fans have never seen live before.”
Those who purchased tickets are automatically guaranteed the same seats that they purchased for the original May date, WDRB.com reports.