As DX reported earlier this week [click to read], R&B singer Ray-J was recently allegedly kicked out of a D.C Hyatt hotel for noise complaints and being in possession of the drug “Boat”, a street-term for PCP laced marijuana. After reports of the incident swirled around the media, Ray-J has released this statement to

“The defamatory statements made by the staff at the Washington D.C. Hyatt accusing me of using the drug ‘boat’ or PCP are totally false and are an attempt by them to gain publicity for their hotel. These drugs are illegal and since the police were called, I would have been arrested if I had these drugs in my possession. The statements made by the hotel staff are extremely damaging, and I’m contemplating legal action. “

DX will keep you updated as this story develops.

Usher, in promotion for his new LP, went on MTV‘s TRL, a television program on MTV to deny a few rumors. The singer was seen getting visibly upset and lashing out at those spreading rumors.

“I love my wife very, very much,” he began. “There was a little rumor earlier this week about us separating. It ain’t true. We in love. Get outta there. Matter of fact, I’m tired of people continuing to talk so much trash about me, know what I’m saying? And my relationship.”

After this, he went on to speak about his trials with his wife, adding that he could have left but that he stayed. He ended this bit by telling other men, “This is the way you’re suppsed to do it!”

“My wife is not 40 years old. I love her to death and I’m a black, strong man in America standing up for my people — as a man to my wife, to my son, to my family. I’m making a stand that a lot of us should make. I coulda been like any other man who has a child and live with that woman and continue to just play the game. … I’m trying to do it the right way. This is the way you’re supposed to do it! Pay attention, fellas.”

Later, he went on to address other rumors.

“And my wife had nothing to do with me firing my mother — nothing like that, that’s trash. I hear y’all talking crazy out there, she’s a beautiful black woman. Stop. Stop talking. And I love her. Stop it.”

Singer Mary J. Blige, Grey’s Anatomy actor Eric Dane and Hip Hop mogul Russell Simmons have partnered with luxury watch-maker Ernst Benz to design a limited edition watch to benefit Chrysalis, a non-profit staffing firm that helps men and women transition from poverty. To commemorate the 24th anniversary of Chrysalis, the watch collection titled ‘Time for Change’ will be a numbered series of 24 watches per designer ranging in price from $4,000 to $22,000. The unveiling of the watches will take place on May 31st at the 7th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball in Los Angeles on Saturday. 50% of the proceeds of the watches will benefit Chrysalis.

The watches are to be auctioned off on eBay starting in June. The remaining watches will be sold at stores in fall.

Reported By: Aliya Ewing & Andres Tardio