Teddy Riley Responds to Daughter’s Assault Allegations
As previously reported, Riley’s 18-year-old daughter Taja filed a temporary restraining order against her father, claiming that he threatened to kill her older sister and her in their father’s Los Angeles home, while swinging a Rock Band video game guitar and “stomping, punching and bashing them.”
Riley responded to the allegations in a prepared statement, dismissing his daughter’s claims.
“I love my daughters, but I will not allow my children to disrespect me in my home. Contrary to what I have been accused of, I would never beat my children,” Riley said. “Perhaps, I should have been a stronger disciplinarian as they were growing up. I worked very hard so that my children would want for nothing. In hindsight, I see that it was a mistake to give them everything they wanted so that they could have the childhood I never had. Unfortunately, they have taken me, and the privileged life I have given them, completely for granted.”
Riley, who is widely considered the father of New Jack Swing, continued to say that the incident stemmed from his daughters’ lack of respect for him, due to their pampered, overprivileged upbringing.
“Instead of being appreciative and realizing how fortunate they are, my children have an inflated sense of entitlement and expectation without having to work or earn their way,” Riley explained. “However, my ‘children’ are no longer children, they are adults and I am trying to instill in them values and a work ethic of their own. I am not an uptight Dad, I am as hip as they come but I will not tolerate being taken advantage of or disrespected, especially in my home… I’m asking everyone to let this one go… I’m only being a good parent. I’m a great father and everyone who knows me, knows this is true.”
The Riley family will now be celebrating the New Year at a distance; Teddy Riley is not allowed within 100 yards of his daughter Taja until their hearing in January 2010.