On Tuesday, just a few shows into the highly-anticipated Millennium Tour with B2K, Pretty Ricky, Mario and more, B2K’s Raz-B announced that he had pulled himself from the tour.
“Raz B is officially off the Millennium tour,” the singer wrote and elaborated further in a video, saying, “Actually, let me correct myself. Raz-B is actually off the tour. I don’t feel safe because I feel like Chris Stokes is around. I’m off the tour.”
“Good luck to everybody. No disrespect to [Omarion] because he’s my brother. [Omarion] if you want to come talk to me and you want me to do the tour, I’ll do the tour, but I’m officially off the tour,” he said, adding, “Oh, guess what? I guess we’re about to shoot the new ‘Surviving Chris Stokes’ movie, right? So call me Lifetime ‘cause I’m ready to talk.”
Back in 2007, Raz accused Stokes, B2K’s former manager, of sexual abuse, claiming it began when he was around 11-years-old and throughout his time with the group. In fact, his brother, Ricardo Thornton, also accused Stokes of abuse, claiming the manager forced him to take showers with other little boys. However, Stokes denied all the allegations.
More than ten years later, upon the resurgence of the New Millennium boybands, the allegations resurfaced, forcing Stokes to deny the claims again, saying, “Negativity I will never play into.”
“I never hurt any of B2K and always had their best interest at heart including financially,” Stokes said. “I forgive any negative energy or tweets! God forgives and so do I. They back! Now stay positive in 2019! Enjoy them being back! Much Love.”
However, just after Raz’s initial statement, the boyband member thanked his fans for the support and announced his excitement to continue the tour for the fans.
“I am a work in progress,” he said. “I appreciate the outpouring of love, empathy, and understanding from my supporters. I look forward to continuing the millennium tour for our fans. You all deserve it.”
Raz B says he will continue the Millennium Tour with B2k despite not feeling safe around Chris Stokes pic.twitter.com/Q8Pf0N6Y4j
— BallerAlert (@balleralert) March 13, 2019