Update: Ne Yo Wins

Ne Yo has something extra to smile about this month. According to reports from Los Angeles the R&B singer has won his case against R.Kelly’s “Double Up Tour” promoter for giving him the boot last fall.A Los Angeles judge has ordered Kelly’s promoter to pay $700,320 to the “Miss Independent” singer and Grammy Award winner. Ne-Yo went to court in December, alleging he was booted from the Double Up tour because his opening set was getting better reaction from fans and critics than Kelly’s. The bill also featured Keyshia Cole and J. Holiday. Superior Court Judge Malcolm Mackey made his default judgment after Georgia-based Rowe Entertainment refused to respond to the lawsuit filed by Ne-Yo under his real name, Shaffer Smith. Per his suit, Ne-Yo was supposed to earn $785,000 on the 25-date jaunt, but the 25-year-old performer was canned by Rowe after the second show on Nov. 15 and only received a fraction of the contracted amount. Kelly was not a defendant in the case. A statement released on behalf of Kelly shortly after the suit was filed said he had nothing to do with Smith being dropped from the tour and that it was the promoter’s decision.


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