Publicist Says She Didn't Spread Raz B Coma Hoax

Publicist Toy Jones is fighting back after her name was used in the apparent Raz B coma hoax.

Last week, it was reported that the former B2K member was on life support after being hit in the face with a bottle at a nightclub in China. TMZ cited Toy Jones as saying that he was in coma, but she insists she never spoke with them or anyone else.

Jones told RumorFix, "No one hired me, someone is using my name. I have no contact with Raz's family or Raz."

Jones supposedly gave the same information to CNN, but did not specify the hospital where Raz B -- real name De'Mario Thornton -- was being treated. She allegedly sent a statement to the network that he had miraculously recovered from the coma and was being taken off life support.

A few days after Raz B's "miraculous" recovery, his manager Elayne Rivers told CNN that he was never actually in a coma. He was injured in a nightclub fight, but everything else was false. Rivers said those comments didn't come from his official representative.

The singer's brother, who performs under the name Ricky Romance, also explained to CNN that he panicked when he couldn't get in touch with Raz B. He said a source gave him information he thought was reliable, and that he just ran with it. He apologized for the confusion.

Jones said she never spoke to CNN, but wanted to find out who did.

"I never did [speak to CNN], and would love to be able to talk to the other person using my brand and my name," she said. When asked why she thought her name was used in the hoax, she said, "I have no idea. There are a lot of crazy people in the world today."

Toy Jones is the owner of the Los Angeles-based Toy Box PR firm. The company has handled public relations for clients in the entertainment industry for almost 10 years, but Jones said she had nothing to do with the Raz B coma hoax story getting out.

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