Normally, an extramarital affair is the business only of the three people involved (and perhaps a daytime talk show studio audience). However, a Mississippi man decided to get the courts involved when he discovered his wife was messing around with R. Kelly.
Kenneth Bryant, a Sheriff's Deputy in Hinds County, Mississippi, is suing Kellz, claiming that the singer had a years-long, ongoing affair with Bryant's wife, Asia Childress. Childress, reports say, told Bryant that she had been involved with Kelly before marrying Bryant in 2012, but that the relationship was over.
But Bryant claims that mere months after saying "I do," Childress went to see Kelly perform, and they rekindled their affair.
"Each time R. Kelly would have a concert in a nearby state, Childress would disappear to unite with her lover," the lawsuit claims. "Time after time, R. Kelly cuckolded Bryant, with blatant disregard for Bryant's and Childress' vows."
According to Bryant's lawsuit, which you can read here, Childress even suggested that she and Bryant move to Atlanta, for the "ulterior motive" of "foster[ing] her adulterous relationship with R. Kelly." As if that wasn't bad enough, the suit also says that Kelly gave Childress chlamydia.
The reason that all of this is in the courts, instead of in another chapter of "Trapped in the Closet," is that Mississippi is one of only a few states where spouses can sue someone for breaking up their marriage. Bryant is aiming for both compensatory damages (for "extreme emotional distress" and the "loss of the wifely comfort and services of Childress") and punitive damages "in such an amount as to punish [Kelly]...and to deter him and other similarly-situated defendants from engaging in such adulterous conduct in the future."
"[T]he actions of R. Kelly evoke disgust and outrage in civilized society," the suit claims. The singer has yet to respond.