Last week, R. Kelly asked a Chicago judge for permission to travel to Dubai — claiming he had several concerts planned there and was “supposed to meet with the royal family” — but apparently, nobody told Dubai.
Authorities in the United Arab Emirates city released a statement on Sunday, saying it had “not received any request for a performance by singer R. Kelly nor are there any venues that have been booked.”
In addition, Kelly “has not been invited by the Dubai royal family for a performance” despite claims from his lawyer in court, the government said.
Attorney Steven A. Greenberg sent the Associated Press a statement, clarifying his comments on the Dubai performances.
“Mr. Kelly had a signed contract with a legitimate promoter, and any information that was included in the motion to travel was from that contract,” Greenberg said. “We did not say he was invited by The royal family, but the contract did provide that he would make himself available to meet with them.”
Kelly, 52, has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse for allegedly assaulting three underage girls and one woman. He has denied the allegations against him.
Greenberg claimed in a court filing last week that Kelly needed to perform in Dubai in order to pay for child support and other child related expenses.
“He has struggled of late to pay,” Greenberg said. “Before he was arrested Mr. Kelly had signed a contract to perform between 3-5 shows in Dubai, UAE, in April 2019. He requests permission to travel to Dubai for the shows. While there he is supposed to meet with the royal family.”
Greenberg claimed that Kelly — who has pleaded not guilty — would be performing five shows from April 17 to 19.
“He needs to be able to work like anyone else who is free on bond, and the law needs to be adaptable,” Greenberg told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Kelly is due back in court on May 7.
With Post wires
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