star Raz B
has retracted his comments accusing the band's former manager of pedophilia and issued a public apology for the false statements. Raz B - real name DeMario Thorton - made the shocking revelations in a new internet video, in which he and his older brother, Ricardo, claim to have been molested by Chris Stokes during their early teens.
The 22-year-old Bump, Bump, Bump
star went on to suggest his old bandmates, Omarion
, Lil' Fizz
, had also been victims of Stokes' reported pedophilia.
In video footage posted on file-sharing website YouTube.
com, 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)."
He goes on to accuse singer/actor Marques Houston
- one of Stokes' longtime clients - for also taking part in the molestation. But Stokes immediately issued a statement denying the claims, and threatened legal action for the "vehemently false" accusations which "hold no merit".
And now, in another YouTube video posted on Wednesday, Raz B has taken back his comments, insisting the footage was released without his permission. He says, "I would like to send a public apology for some tapes that were leaked without my authority. I just wanna say that those allegations are not true with Chris Stokes and Marques Houston. I apologize for any hurt that this has caused publicly, financially..."
(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)