10/06/2006 at 09:25 AM EDT
A man is suing R. Kelly, alleging that the R&B star attacked him and failed to pay him for a song idea.
Henry "Love" Vaughn, who says he's worked for the Chicago-based Kelly, 39, off and on for years and been a "mentor and guide" to singer, claims in his suit that in February one of Kelly's other employees became "verbally abusive" when Vaughn was visiting Kelly's suburban Olympia Fields home to watch a basketball game, the Associated Press reports.
Vaughn charges that Kelly and others dragged him to the basement, attacked him and held him against his will. Olympia Fields police looked into the alleged attack but decided not to press charges, Cmdr. James Keith tells the AP.
Vaughn, who is seeking compensatory damages, punitive damages and court costs, also claims that the song "Step in the Name of Love" was his idea and that Kelly backed down on his word to give him half the profits from the song.
In a statement, a Kelly rep described Vaughn as a "disgruntled former employee and hanger-on" who is using the lawsuit to extort money. "In fact," the statement says, "his lawsuit is a pathetic collection of half-truths, distortions, and outright lies."