Published Mar 13, 2019Just two shows in to B2K's reunion tour, group member Raz-B declared that he would not continue with the remaining shows — though he seems to have since changed his mind.
In since-deleted videos posted to Instagram yesterday (March 12), Raz-B announced that he "is officially off the tour."
He went on to say, "I don't feel safe because I feel like Chris Stokes is around."
"Oh, guess what, I guess we're about to shoot the new Surviving Chris Stokes movie, right?" he continued, referencing the recent documentary series about the sexual abuse allegations against R. Kelly. "So call Lifetime, 'cause I'm ready to talk."
More than a decade ago, Raz-B accused the group's manager, Stokes, of molesting him from the age of 11 or 12 in a YouTube video. Raz-B's brother Ricardo Thornton echoed the story, saying that he suffered the same treatment by Stokes and expressed regret for not protecting his younger brother.
At the time, Raz-B claimed that he couldn't speak for everybody else, but suspected that Stokes had inappropriately touched all of the other B2K members, as well.
Bandmate Omarion, however, denied the allegations and defended Stokes.
"Chris is a father figure to myself and many others in the industry," he told MTV. "He's guided us, helped raised us and is nothing more than an inspiration and someone I respect and look up to. I have spent countless hours, days, weeks and months with the man — since the age of 5 — and have never once seen him behave inappropriately. He's married to my aunt, and I know this man very well. I stand behind him with no question whatsoever."
Following Stokes' threats to sue, Raz-B retracted his allegations, but has gone public with them again multiple times over the last decade, including in this VladTV interview from last year.
Now, despite his claims that he would be leaving the tour because of Stokes' presence, Raz-B has shared an update via his Instagram story, which reads:
I am a work in progress. I appreciate the outpouring of love, empathy and understanding from my supporters. I look forward to continuing the "Millenium Tour" for our fans. You all deserve it!
So, for the time being, it seems that Raz-B will be soldiering on alongside J-Boog, Lil Fizz and Omarion.
See the remaining B2K tour dates here.