R. Kelly has petitioned for a judge to allow him to travel to Dubai for a series of concerts that he had planned. However, according to The Blast, the country’s media office has made a statement denying that those concerts were ever scheduled.
The Dubai Media Office said in a statement to the AP, saying, “Authorities in Dubai have not received any request for a performance by singer R. Kelly nor are there any venues that have been booked.” They added that Kelly “has not been invited by the Dubai royal family for a performance.”
The singer’s attorney, Steven Greenberg, responded to the statement and told the AP, “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.”
R. KELLY’S LAWYERS REQUEST COPIES OF ALLEGED SEX TAPES DURING TRIAL
In other news, R. Kelly’s attorneys have requested to see the sex tapes the singer is believed to be in with underage girls during the trial. TMZ reports that prosecutors will began handing over discovery materials during a court hearing on Friday (March 21st) in Chicago. However, Kelly’s attorney, Steven Greenberg, said that there is no guarantee that what they’ll receive will be the two sex tapes that Michael Avenatti turned over to Cook County prosecutors. Greenberg says he hasn’t seen the tapes that Avenatti claims Kelly is in and is engaging in sex acts with a 14-year-old girl. Therefore, he says that he cannot mount a defense strategy. Greenberg plans to order a full forensic analysis of the tapes, if he and Kelly believe the tape shows the singer. If they do not think Kelly is in the the, Greenberg says he will speed things up for trial.
TMZ later reported that the judge did not rule on whether or not Kelly’s team will get copies of the tapes. Greenberg added that the tapes should be protected from public viewing.