AceShowbiz - It seems that %cR. Kelly% may need a lawyer soon. The 50-year-old singer is sued for making fun of an autistic fan who approached him outside a nightclub in Los Angeles. He forced the fan to sing one of his signature songs and mocked him afterward.
In a video that was taken and posted by Kelly, which later was deleted, the autistic fan, whose name is Lenny Felix, appeared to be thrilled to have bumped into Kelly and his crew. Felix excitedly began telling the story of how he became a music lover to the singer, explaining that he started seriously listening to music about seven years ago.
After listening to the story, Kelly and his crew forced Felix to sing Kelly's hit song "I Believe I Can Fly" even though Felix had insisted that he didn't know how to sing. He did it in the end, but Kelly didn't give him a nice appreciation for that. Instead, he looked at the camera and mocked him by singing, "I believe that you high/ I believe that you touchin' the sky/ Smoking on that percocet."
According to TMZ, Felix's family didn't think that it was funny and felt that he was victimized. They decided to meet an attorney after hearing Felix's reaction to the clip. He thought that the singer was making fun of him. "I don't want him to think I'm dumb. Do you think he was making fun of me?" he said.
Kelly has sent a video apology to the site following the news, stating that he didn't know that Felix had autism. He added that he welcomed Felix and even joked with him. However, Felix's family thought that his apology was insulting.
Felix's uncle, Scott Lettieri, told TMZ that Kelly "would not take responsibility for disrespecting and getting a laugh at the expense of a sensitive young man who suffers from autism." He added that "there is no recourse but to pursue legal action."