R. Kelly Files $75 Million Lawsuit, Accuses Jay-Z Of ‘Sabotaging’ Tour

R&B crooner R.Kelly

has smacked Jay-Z with a $75 million lawsuit on Nov. 1 and accused the rapper

of intentionally disrupting his efforts throughout their “Best of Both Worlds


In a statement,

Kelly accused Jay-Z and affiliates of his Marcy Projects production company

of a myriad of offenses including physical assault via pepper spray, breach

of contract, deliberate sabotage by Jay-Z’s alleged lighting director.

Furthermore, the

legal action also named well-known Jay-Z associate Tyran “Ty Ty”

Smith as the person who allegedly pepper-sprayed him at the Madison Square Garden

show on Friday Oct. 29.

The suit was filed

in New York Supreme Court after the promoter, Atlanta Worldwide Touring Company,

cancelled the pair’s four New York dates and held a “Jay-Z and Friends”

concert instead.

In a statement,

his lawyers stated, “R. Kelly’s own lighting director took over the lighting

duties for the "Best of Both Worlds Tour" tour at an Oct. 29 concert

at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY.

The show went off

flawlessly that night. But at a Madison Square Garden show the following night,

R. Kelly saw two men with guns in the audience and left the stage fearing for

his life, the lawsuit says.

R. Kelly agreed

to resume his performance after police were called, but on his way back to the

stage he and members of his entourage were assaulted with pepper spray wielded

by an associate of Jay-Z identified as Smith, the lawsuit charges.”

To support his

suit, Kelly claims that Jay-Z shorted fans by prematurely leaving a date in

Memphis on Oct. 17 in order to attend a party for R&B star Usher.

In the suit, Kelly

seeks to get $15 million in damages in lost revenue from the tour cancellation

and $60 million in punitive damages from Jay-Z, Smith and the promoter.

Smith can be seen

in the movie “State Property,” where he plays the character Shareef.

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