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Dubai Denies There Were Plans For R. Kelly Concert

R. Kelly (Photo: Gulf News)

Dubai’s government on Sunday forcefully denied a claim by R&B singer R. Kelly that the artist had planned concerts in the sheikhdom after he had sought permission from an Illinois judge to travel here despite facing sexual-abuse charges.

The government of Dubai reportedly denied a claim by famous American R&B singer, R. Kelly, on Sunday, stating he had not planned concerts in the sheikhdom after he had sought permission from an Illinois judge to travel here despite facing sexual-abuse charges.

In a statement by the Dubai Government Media Office also denied the claims by R. Kelly’s lawyer, who said Kelly had plans to meet the sheikhdom’s ruling Al Maktoum family.

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The statement said: “Authorities in Dubai have not received any request for a performance by singer R. Kelly nor are there any venues that have been booked.

“Kelly has not been invited by the Dubai royal family for a performance.”

In response to The Associated Press, Kelly’s lawyer, Steven A. Greenberg wrote in an email 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 February 22 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.

In a court filing last week, 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.”

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“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 elaborate on 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.

However, Dubai’s luxury nightclubs often host hip hop and other artists for days at a time to perform and be seen among the millionaires of this skyscraper-studded city that is home to the world’s tallest building. Rich families also pay for celebrities at their parties

 

 

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