The Chicago Tribune has reported that R. Kelly’s $100,000 bail was paid over the weekend by a woman court documents identified as a “friend” of the singer. Apparently, the woman attempted to be discreet, but it was revealed that she is a 47-year-old woman from Romeoville, Illinois named Valencia Love. It is uncertain how Love and Kelly know one another, but it is known that she owns several businesses including restaurants and the Lord and Child Christian Day Care.
As previously reported, Kelly pleaded not guilty to the 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse that he is facing.
He was released from Cook County authorities’ custody on Monday (February 25th) and was spotted at a McDonald’s in Chicago, where he was said to have signed autographs.
It was also revealed on Tuesday (February 26th) that Kelly’s upcoming show in Germany has been canceled in the wake of his recent legal issues. According to Complex, reps for the Ratiopharm Arena in New-Ulm announced the cancelation of its contract with Kelly for a concert scheduled for April, citing “new and objective facts.”
R. KELLY UNDER INVESTIGATION OVER FAILURE TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT
In other news, TMZ reports that R. Kelly’s freedom may be short-lived because prosecutors are looking to charge the singer with failure to pay child support. As previously reported Kelly owes his ex-wife, Drea Kelly, $160,000 in back child support. The site reports that any amount over $20,000 can be filed as a felony.
Drea’s management team told TMZ, “We are aware that they are bringing criminal charges for non-payment of child support and we support any and all efforts that will make sure that his children are taken care of.”
Meanwhile, Kelly’s attorney told the publication, “In 30 years of practicing criminal defense law, I have never seen anyone prosecuted for non-payment of child support. Maybe it happens, but I've never seen it done in Illinois.”
JOHN LEGEND SPEAKS ON R. KELLY
On another note, during a recent appearance on the Today show, John Legend spoke on the recent developments in the singer’s legal case. Legend, who was featured on the Lifetime documentary, Surviving R. Kelly, said, “I'm so glad that the victims got to have their voices heard, and I think them having their voices heard, this story being retold, because it's been told before. But I think being retold through that medium really brought the issue to a lot of people's attention, and I think it inspired the law enforcement to move on some things that they weren't moving on before.”
Legend continued, “I think it's been a long time coming. I think a lot of us kind of tolerated or looked the other way on that issue for a long time… and a lot of people were being hurt for decades, and we looked away for too long.”