Raz B Accuses Ex-b2k Manager Of Paedophilia
Ex-B2K star RAZ B has accused the band's former manager CHRIS STOKES of child molestation. Raz B - real name DeMario Thorton - makes the shocking revelations in a new internet video, in which he and his older brother, Ricardo, claim to have suffered at the hands of Stokes during their early teens. And the 22-year-old Bump, Bump, Bump star believes his old bandmates, Omarion, Lil' Fizz and J-Boog, have also been victims of Stokes' reported paedophilia. In video footage posted on YouTube.com, Raz B is seen being asked a series of questions by the sister of singer/actor Marques Houston - one of Stokes' longtime clients - who has also been accused of taking part in the molestation. When asked when the inappropriate behaviour first began, Raz B says, "It all started with Chris Stokes. Chris was like - let me touch you... I can't speak for everybody, but if you want my personal opinion, I think he did (touch all group members)." Ricardo - known professionally as singer Ricky Romantic - blames himself for failing to save his brother from Stokes' alleged exploits. He adds, "Chris (Stokes) made me take showers with the other boys... All the (things) that my brother was introduced to, that s**t was brought to me first... (Stokes) molested my brother and he molested me... when I say that, it hurts." And in a telephone call to a man believed to be Stokes, also documented in the video, the manager appears to confess to the crimes, saying: "I don't do that anymore. That was me years ago... I just don't do that in my life anymore." But Stokes has hit back at the Thortons' allegations, and claims the false accusations were made in revenge after he cut them off from his payroll. In a statement released on Monday (24Dec07), Stokes says: "The accusations that DeMario 'Raz B' Thorton and Ricardo Thorton have made are vehemently false and hold no merit. "I have recently stopped financially supporting both individuals along with assisting them with their criminal and legal matters, which leads me to believe they are resentful and looking to benefit financially from this." Stokes has also threatened the siblings with legal action: "My family is my first priority and the reason why I have been so supportive of them. In bringing these false claims, they have not only slandered me, they have also put me in a position to ensure that the truth is known and I will take all legal routes to protect myself, my family and my four children." A spokesman for Houston could not be reached as WENN went to press.