August 27, 2019
Richard Pryor‘s former bodyguard, Rashon Khan claims that Pryor wanted to have fellow funnyman Paul Mooney killed once he learned Mooney had allegedly molested his son, Richard Pryor Jr.
These statements were mentioned during an interview with Comedy Hype where Khan stated the two men used to be good friends until allegations of the abuse surfaced. He went on to say Pryor wanted to put out a $1 Million hit and that Mooney’s life was only spared because Pryor’s career took off.
Jennifer Lee Pryor, who was married to the five-time-Grammy-award-winner from 2001 until his death in 2005, backed up Khan’s words, claiming that Richard Jr. has also confirmed the story via Twitter.
Earlier today TMZ captured a brief response from Richard Pryor Jr. and though he doesn’t himself say Mooney’s name, he does buckle down on the fact that he was a teenager and could not have legally consented to a sexual relationship.
A spokesperson from Mooney’s team made a statement on his behalf denying all claims of any sexual abuse pointing out that timing and photos of the two comedians hanging out as late as 1999 work against the allegations.
The comedic legend passed away in 2005 at the age of 65 after suffering a heart attack in connection with a two decade long battle with multiple sclerosis.
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