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R. Kelly disavows tossing Ne-Yo from tour

R. Kelly disavows tossing Ne-Yo from tour
R&B artist R. Kelly arrives at Cook County criminal court for a status hearing to set the date of his upcoming sexual abuse trial on December 20, 2007, in Chicago. Kelly, who is accused of having sex with a 13-year old girl, failed to appear for a hearing scheduled hearing on December 19 and faced arrest if he did not show up Thursday. (UPI Photo/Brian Kersey) | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. recording artist R. Kelly says singer Ne-Yo's beef is with the promoters who ousted him from Kelly's tour, not with Kelly himself.

Ne-Yo filed a lawsuit against Rowe Entertainment for breach of contract, violation of the right of publicity and unfair business practices after he was dropped in late November from Kelly's "Double Up" tour after only two performances.

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In the lawsuit, Ne-Yo asks for about $735,000, the remainder of what he claims he was promised in an oral agreement.

"The idea that R. Kelly had anything to do with Ne-Yo being dropped from the 'Double Up' tour is just plain silly," Kelly's representatives said in a statement. "Ne-Yo was dropped because of a contractual dispute with the tour promoter and, in fact, Ne-Yo is not suing Kelly, but only the promoter.

"Ne-Yo may think blaming the situation on R. Kelly will improve his chances of collecting from the promoter, but if he does, he is sadly mistaken. Anyone remotely familiar with R. Kelly knows he is confident enough in his own abilities to be happy to share the stage with enormously talented people -- the more talented, the better."

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