A Spokesman for R. Kelly Released the Following Statement Regarding the Lawsuit Filed Today by Ne-Yo Against the Promoter of Kelly's 'Double Up' Tour

Jan 02, 2008, 00:00 ET from R. Kelly

    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- "The idea that R. Kelly had
 anything to do with Ne-Yo being dropped from the Double Up tour is just
 plain silly. As we said at the time, 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."