R. Kelly is being sued as an alleged homewrecker: Kenny Bryant of Mississippi filed a lawsuit against the singer claiming that Bryant's wife, Asia Childress, was romantically involved with Kelly before marrying Bryant. Bryant says that she claimed her relationship with the singer was over, but then she went to one of his concerts in October 2012—three months after marrying Bryant—and things started up again. Bryant claims Childress then convinced him to move to Atlanta, saying it was for career reasons, but he believes she really just wanted to continue seeing Kelly. (Kelly reportedly lives in the city, Heavy notes.) The move to Atlanta financially ruined Bryant because he couldn't find "profitable employment" there, he claims.
"Each time R. Kelly would have a concert in a nearby state, Childress would disappear to unite with her lover," says the alienation of affection lawsuit, per WAPT. "Time after time, R. Kelly cuckolded Bryant, with blatant disregard for Bryant’s and Childress’ vows." Childress' relationship with Kelly continued to the present day, Bryant says; eventually, she filed for divorce. Bryant claims she did so in order to continue her affair with Kelly and says he "could not prevail" against the singer's "continued sexual overtures" to his wife. He also claims Childress contracted chlamydia from Kelly, and the lawsuit documents contain images of text messages allegedly between Childress and Kelly, one of which is explicit.