Ne-Yo Sues R. Kelly Promoter Over Tour

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ne-Yo claims he was fired as an opening act for R. Kelly because the audience and critics liked him better.

Ne-Yo, whose real name is Shaffer Smith, and Compound Touring Inc., sued the promoter of R. Kelly’s tour, Georgia-based Rowe Entertainment Inc., on Monday in Superior Court. The lawsuit, which alleges breach of contract and violation of the right of publicity, seeks unspecified damages.

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