R Kelly: Here Is Why Singer Is Fighting Back From Prison After Losing $10.5m Suit

BY JO Mensah January 21, 2024 12:33 PM EDT
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R. Kelly lost a $10.5 million lawsuit stemming from his attempt to stop a Surviving R. Kelly screening years back – but the singer says he never even knew about the suit to be able to fight it.

As previously reported, six women sued both Kelly and his former manager, Donnell Russell, for making terroristic threats to shut down the documentary screening back in September 2018. In August of last year, the women won the suit for a joint total of $10.5million.

But according to documents obtained by TMZ on Monday, R. Kelly said he’s been sued so many times as of late that it’s nearly impossible to keep up with everything – especially from behind bars. He also claims he’s since changed legal teams and that the suit must have fallen through the cracks in the changeover.

In addition, he added that he wouldn’t have been able to understand the lawsuit even if he did get it – as he still has not yet learned to read “or understand words beyond that of a grade schooler.”

But either way, R. Kelly adds that he’s innocent and that Donnell was not his manager and he acted on his own to shut the screening down.

“He did that for his own reasons,” the embattled singer wrote in the document.

Diageo settles with Diddy

Meanwhile, Multinational alcoholic beverages company, Diageo, has announced its decision to reach an agreement with business mogul, Sean “Diddy” Combs, following a legal dispute. 

Per previous reports, Combs accused Diageo of racial discrimination and neglect of his DeLeón brand

Combs filed a lawsuit in May 2023 against the company in the New York Supreme Court, and claimed that the company has neglected the spirits under their joint control, specifically Ciroc and DeLeón.

He argued that the company had not provided the same level of marketing and promotion to Ciroc and DeLeón as it had to other brands in its portfolio