In response to yet another legal issue, R.Kelly says he has nothing to do with a South African woman who reportedly used his name to pull thousands from investors looking to bring the singer to the country. In a statement released Thursday, the R&B singer/songwriter’s publicist wrote: “There is absolutely no truth to the reports that R. Kelly received money from a South African woman accused of swindling investors by convincing them to invest in a non-existent R. Kelly tour in 2005. Mr. Kelly has no knowledge of this woman, has never received any money from her, and has not been contacted by any law enforcement authorities regarding the matter. He will, of course, cooperate fully with any legitimate investigation of this matter, since he has nothing to hide.” According to WENN, Busiswe Zakwe deposited the $130,000 secured for a concert in 2005 in the singer’s bank account. Investigators have determined that the deposit slip found in the woman’s office proves that the transaction took place and have confirmed that the account belongs to the Grammy winner, whose legal name is Robert Kelly. Zakwe is due in court September 10th. In related news the R&B singer is battling club promoters in Los Angeles who reportedly used his name to promote an event that Kelly claims he had no knowledge of. The promoters have been charged with violations of statutory right of publicity, common law right of publicity, unfair competition law and false endorsement.
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