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Ex-employee sues R. Kelly over beating
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A former employee of R. Kelly said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that the singer beat him during a dispute at Kelly's home in February and cheated him out of songwriting royalties.

Henry "Love" Vaughn said in the lawsuit that he had been a longtime "mentor and guide" to Kelly.

Yet when Vaughn visited Kelly's home in Olympia Fields on Feb. 19, Kelly and others dragged him to the basement and "Kelly repeatedly struck [Vaughn] about the face and body with his fists," according to the lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court.

Vaughn said Kelly also reneged on an oral agreement to pay him one-half of the money he earned from a song that was ultimately titled "Step in the Name of Love."

Vaughn provided Kelly with the "concept" for the song by suggesting that they create a song for the dance known as "Steppin,'" the lawsuit said.

A Kelly spokesman fired back Wednesday, calling Vaughn a "hanger-on" who was trying to extort money from the singer.

Kelly has written more than 2,000 songs without ever using a co-writer, according to a statement released by Allan Mayer.

Vaughn's "lawsuit is a pathetic collection of half-truths, distortions, and outright lies," the statement said. "To suggest that he needed Mr. Vaughn's help to write a song--or that he offered him any portion of his songwriting royalties--is ludicrous."

Police already investigated the assault allegations and found "there was nothing to them," the statement said.

Olympia Fields police on Wednesday confirmed that they investigated the alleged assault and battery but would not discuss the incident.

"All I can tell you is that we didn't file any charges in the case," Cmdr. James Keith said. "Beyond that, I can't really say anything."

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