A legendary music producer of this century and back in his day, a vocalist the late 1970's disco group, Apollo, Benny Medina is the man of smooth jazz. The man was the former manager for Jennifer Lopez, and his mentor was the famous Berry Gordy who is also another legend in the music industry.
He is mostly known for his music but also his acting in various television series as he is also a film producer.
Career and Progression
His career began with the group Apollo, who released their self-titled debut on Gordy, Motown in 1979. Medina was the lead vocalist in their band in which he wrote three songs in which they widely known. He soon became the head of A&R for Motown, working as a protégé to Berry Gordy who mentored him in his time. He also wrote for many songs and produced such music such as Billy Preston, Teena Marie and much more.
He moved towards Warner Bros Records where he collaborated with a prominent artist that included Chaka Khan, Ray Charles, Babyface and Prince. After leaving the Warner Bros. Records he and some of his colleagues created Medina/Pollack Entertainment that was a full management and production company. Now he is best known for managing actress, singer and dancer Jennifer Lopez along with Lopez and of Sony Music, Tommy Mottola.
What’s Benny Medina Net Worth?
Benny Medina made his net worth from managing some of the most iconic acts in the music industry. He also owns his company, Medina Company. Plus being a son of the legendary jazz drummer, Ahmad 'Benny' Medina, Benny started out singing as a co-songwriter and a lead singer of the R&B/Disco group, Apollo back in the days in the 1970s. Gained a net worth of 20 million dollars, he is still steadily increasing every growing industry and is said to improve over time.
Was He Gay Back in The Day?
He is not only best in must but also when it comes to hiding personal life about him as he has done for himself over the years of his career. He is not married, and no one has claimed to be his wife or records of his past indicating he had a girlfriend either. Benny is never seen with anyone on the red carpet unless he is the manager of that celebrity such as Jenifer Lopez.
Benny Medina with his client, Jennifer Lopez (Photo: EMPICS Entertainment)
There are, however, rumors about him being gay, during the set of Fresh Prince with Will Smith as a young lad. Fired because of his inappropriate actions and sexual advances made to another member of the cast. Therefore he might be gay, but no further investigations made after about his sexuality.
Accused Of Rape
Back in November 2017, Benny Medina was accused of rape allegation by the actor, Jason Dottley, after they met in Los Angeles in 2008. Jason opened about the incident to Advocate and mentioned the scandal occurred in Benny's home. As per him, he and Mozelle visited Benny's house where they undressed and got into the swimming pool first and to the bedroom next.
Jason further revealed that Benny grabbed his chest and threw him over the bed and stuck his tongue down his mouth. Mozelle too admitted that he saw Benny on the top of Jason when he came out of the pool that day.
As per Advocate, Benny's scandal confirmed the story with multiple friends of Jasons' friends. Jason's agent, Renee Bailey, stated that Benny has long been on the list of people he will not work with, asserting his rape attempts to Jason.
However, Benny and his lawyers denied the allegations.
He was born on January 24, 1958, and is 61 years of age at the moment, born in the United States he is, of course, an American nationality. His ethnicity is African-American, he has a sibling Katrina Medina, and the artist himself has not stated his height and measurements. The only known parents he has is Ahmad "Benny" Medina but no extra information about his family.