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Singer R Kelly seeks unpaid fees

R Kelly
In June, charges of child pornography against Mr Kelly were dropped

Singer R Kelly has won an award of $3.4m (1.9m) from his former tour promoter over unpaid fees.

The singer's company, R Kelly Touring, has filed papers in a Los Angeles court asking a judge to confirm the award, granted by an arbitrator last month.

The arbitrator agreed with Mr Kelly's claims that Leonard Rowe had not paid him in full for shows in 2007 and 2008.

Last month, singer Ne-Yo got damages of $700,320 (399,952) from the firm after he was dropped from the same tour.

Documents show that, after the arbitrator agreed with Mr Kelly's claims about Rowe Entertainment, Mr Rowe had disputed the decision but had then failed to offer any defence.

Now Kelly is asking a judge in Los Angeles for help in collecting the award, which remains unpaid.

R&B singer Ne-Yo sued Rowe Entertainment in January claiming he was fired as Mr Kelly's opening act last November because fans and critics preferred him - an allegation his co-star denied.

Again, the company did not respond to the case and, in September, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ordered it to pay Ne-Yo and his touring company damages.

Ne-Yo, real name Shaffer Chimere Smith, left the tour after one week.

In June, a Chicago jury acquitted Mr Kelly of 14 charges of child pornography.

He was found not guilty of making an explicit sex video that prosecutors had said showed him having sex with a girl as young as 13.

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