AceShowbiz - Embattled R&B star R. Kelly is in search of new representatives after losing his publicist, his assistant and his lawyer. The "I Believe I Can Fly" hitmaker has faced a barrage of negative press of late, amid allegations suggesting he has manipulated several young women into coercive sexual relationships in recent years.
Kelly has vehemently denied the accusations, which first hit headlines last July (2017), but he has continued to draw attention for all the wrong reasons, and was recently slapped with a new lawsuit by a woman who claims he intentionally infected her with a sexually transmitted disease (STD) after embarking on a relationship together when she was 19.
The singer's spokesperson dismissed the new allegations last week (ends April 20 ), but it appears key members of his inner circle have since been tired of the controversies and have now quit.
According to the BBC, Diana Copeland, who served as Kelly's executive assistant for over a decade, has resigned, while entertainment attorney Linda Mensch quit in February, although she insists their split had nothing to do with the 51-year-old's personal life. Meanwhile, his publicist, Trevian Kutti, has confirmed to Rolling Stone that he no longer represents Kelly.
The musician has yet to comment on the change in staff, but sources tell TheBlast.com he is focused on mounting a chart comeback, and has been "furiously" working on new music in Chicago, Illinois in the hopes of restoring his professional reputation.