R. Kelly is in hot water after he was seen on video appearing to mock an autistic fan outside a Hollywood nightclub.
In the video obtained by TMZ, a young man by the name of Lenny appears to be speaking to members of R. Kelly’s entourage about his love of music and the R&B star. Someone not seen on camera pressures him to sing a song, but Lenny insists that he cannot sing. Members of R. Kelly’s crew continue to egg him on, and eventually Lenny relents, singing a few verses of “I Believe I Can Fly” before R. Kelly himself takes over.
The singer interrupts Lenny by changing the lyrics of his signature song to, “I believe that you’re high,” and accusing the young man of smoking Percocet.
Lenny’s family told TMZ that the autistic man was humiliated by the incident, and said they would be talking to a lawyer.
They said Lenny reacted to the clip by saying,”I don’t want him to think I’m dumb. Do you think he was making fun of me?”
R. Kelly has since recorded a video defense, saying he had no idea the man had autism, but instead that he “appeared drunk” and that security had to intervene because he was “coming a little too close.” He also complains that people are trying to destroy his career.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, R. Kelly has been accused by multiple sources of keeping women held against their will at his properties in Atlanta and Chicago, where he allegedly controls every aspect of their lives, including when they can eat and use the bathroom.
Watch the non-apology here:
[Feature image: TMZ screenshot/R. Kelly]