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Jay-Z Sues R. Kelly   Print 
Thursday, 03 February 2005

As part of the ongoing feud between R. Kelly and Jay-Z, the latter has now filed a countersuit.

Kelly first filed a $75 million lawsuit after alleging he was pepper sprayed by a member of Jay-Z's entourage during the doomed Best of Both Worlds tour. Now, months later, the newly appointed president of Def Jam has decided to give Kelly a taste of his own medicine.

The suit allegedly claims that Hova's departure came after Kelly repeatedly arrived for shows late, left the stage early, was unprepared and often in a state of distress. The suit accuses Kelly of suing Jay-Z in order to distract attention away from allegations that he filmed himself having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

During the tour R. Kelly once left the stage in the middle of a show and ended up at a local McDonald's where, after hours, he served people from the drive-through window.

In other R. Kelly news, Illinois prosecutors in the troubled singer's child-pornography case have finally turned over the original videotape allegedly showing the singer having sex with a minor.

On Friday (Jan. 28th), Cook County attorneys handed over the original after having handed out copies of the video in the past.

Kelly's lawyers still maintain Kelly is not the man shown having sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl on the tape. The pornographic video is the foundation of 21 counts of child pornography, seven of which were dismissed last year during pretrial procedures.

The Grammy-winning hitmaker has pleaded innocent across the board. If convicted on the 14 remaing charges, he could be sentenced up to 15 years in prison, fined a $100,000 and forced to register as a sex offender.

A trial date in Kelly's case is pending; a hearing to go over routine motions is set for Feb. 18.

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