Dubai’s government on Sunday forcefully denied a claim by R&B singer R.Kelly that the artist had planned concerts in the sheikdom after he had sought permission from an Illinois judge to travel there despite facing sexual-abuse charges.
In a rare statement, the government’s Dubai Media Office also denied claims by his lawyer in court that Kelly had plans to meet the sheikhdom’s ruling Al Maktoum family.
,,Authorities in Dubai have not received any request for a performance by singer R.Kelly nor are there any venues that have been booked”, the statement said.
In added Kelly ,,has not been invited by the Dubai royal family for a performance’’.
In an email to The Associated Press, 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”.
Kelly was charged on Feb.22 with 10 counts of aggravate sexual abuse for allegedly assaulting three girls and one adult women, coming after the release of a documentary ,,Surviving R.Kelly”. He has denied ever abusing anyone.
“Before he was arrested Mr.Kelly had signed a contract to perform between 3-5 shows in Dubai, UAE, in April 2019”, the court filling read. “He requests permission to travel to Dubai for the shows. While there he is supposed to meet with the royal family”.
The filling did not elaborate on where Kelly was allegedly supposed to perform. There was no immediately publicized event for which Kelly was known to be a performer, not did anyone in the entertainment industry hear about one. ocked0 Light