The United Arab Emirates authorities on Sunday denied a claim by R&B singer R. Kelly that the embattled artiste had planned concerts in the sheikhdom after he had sought permission from an Illinois judge to travel despite facing sexual-abuse charges.
Kelly was charged on 22 February with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse for allegedly assaulting three girls and one adult woman, coming after the release of a documentary Surviving R. Kelly. He has denied ever abusing anyone.
Dubai Government said,they have not received any request for a performance by singer R. Kelly nor are there any venues that have been booked,
Kelly’s lawyer Steven A. Greenberg responded saying:“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. 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.”
Greenberg had said the singer needed to raise money as “he has struggled of late to pay his child support and other child-related expenses.”
“Before he was arrested Mr. Kelly had signed a contract to perform between 3-5 shows in Dubai, UAE, in April 2019,” the court filing read. “He requests permission to travel to Dubai for the shows. While there he is supposed to meet with the royal family.”
The filing did not state where Kelly was allegedly supposed to perform. There was no immediately publicised event for which Kelly was known to be a performer, nor did anyone in the entertainment industry hear about one.